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Seiji Togo

Seiji Togo
Seiji Togo is a Western-style artist known for his enchanting depictions of women. In 1916, at the age of 19, Togo was awarded the most prestigious Nika Prize at the annual exhibition of Nika Society, a gathering of Japanese painters who aspired to open up new frontiers in Western art. For seven years from 1921, Togo studied in France and had interactions with Picasso among other artists. After returning to Japan, Togo actively exhibited works at Nika Society and gained popularity for his writings, murals, illustrations, and wrapping papers that drew on his experience in France. After World War II, Togo worked to promote the international exchanges of Nika Society. He became a member of the Japan Art Academy in 1960 and was appointed Chairman of Nika Society in the following year. Togo left a significant mark in the world of Western painting right up to his death at the age of 80.

HISTORY

1897
Born in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan.
1914
Graduates from the middle school of Aoyama Gakuin University.
1915
Works in a room at Kosaku Yamada’s Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra Akasaka Research Institute.
His first one-man show at the Hibiya Art Museum, and meets Ikuma Arishima, who becomes his mentor.
1916
Studies in France.
Visits the Futurist Filippo Martini in Torino and participates in the Futurist movement, but despairs of their philosophy.
1921
Studies in France.
Visits the Futurist Filippo Martini in Torino and participates
in the Futurist movement, but despairs of their philosophy.
1922
Studies at the Lyon Art Academy.
1928
Returns to Japan.
The 15th Nikaten specially exhibits 23 of his European works.
Is awarded the 1st Showa Western Art Promotion Award.
1931
Becomes a member of the Nika Society.
1938
The Kyushitsukai is formed within the Nika Society, and Togo and Leonard Fujita become advisers.
1945
Works to rebuild the Nika Society following the end of World War II.
1957
Receives the Japan Art Academy Award.
1961
Becomes a member of the Japan Art Academy.
1969
Is decorated as an Officier d’ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.
1974
Explores the Tassili of Algeria and lives in tents with the Tog.
1976
Is decorated with the Order of the Rising Sun, Second Class,with Rays.
Seiji Togo Art Museum is opened.
1978
Dies at age 80 in Kumamoto.
Is posthumously named a Person of Cultural Merit of the fourth court rank.