Toward the internal Portrait:Ryusei Kishida(80th Anniversary Exhibition)

Ryusei Kishida (1891-1929), under the influence of artists such as Gogh and Cezanne, originally aimed to create paintings that were a form of self-expression. However, he soon changed his style to the classic style of realism, and has left the world unforgettable works portraying scenery, still life and portraits. His shift towards realism took place during a period in which he began by painting self portraits, and then started painting portraits of his friends at random. The more one gazes at “oneself” in order to achieve self-expression, the more one actually becomes interested in other people… the influence of the modern consciousness of the individual can be seen in the realism of Ryusei Kishida.

Ryusei Kishida, the painter who portrayed his beloved daughter Reiko again and again in his work, was later to say that there was nothing so interesting to an artist as the human face. The human face, he said, was the entrance to the innermost world of beauty. This exhibition, which marks 80 years since his death, brings together many works of Ryusei Kishida, with self portraits and portraits alone numbering around 80, and follows the “path of realism” along which Ryusei Kishida sought to travel through portraying the human face.

Exhibition Details

From April 25 (Sat.) to July 5 (Sun.), 2009
(closed Mondays except May 4)
Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art
1-26-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8338
Sompo Japan Headquarters build. 42nd floor
Open Hours
10:00-18:00 (Admittance by 17:30)
10:00-20:00 (Fridays, Admittance by 19:30)
Adults: 1,000yen (800yen)
University & High School Students: 600 yen (500yen)
Senior Citizens (65 years and more): 800yen
Children of Junior High School or under: Free
( ) indicated discount rates for groups of 20 and more
Organized by
Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art
Nihon Keizai Shimbun,Inc.
Supported by
Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.
Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K.


《Self Portrait》1913
Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art
《Reiko,Five Years Old》1918
The National Museum of Modern Art
《Portrait of Yoshio Koya(Portrait of a Man Holding a Plant)》1916
The National Museum of Modern Art
《Portrait of the Artist’s Wife》1915
Ohara Museum of Art