CRAY-PAS ART by the Masters

From Modern Japan to the Present Day

Everyone has used “Cray-pas” (oil pastel) when they were children. Cray-pas was invented in Japan in 1925 as a painting material equipped with the merits of both wax crayons and pastels. It adheres well to painting surfaces, is unrestrained while offering good color development, and can be used for a wide range of artistic expressions in the same way as oil painting, such as color blending, layering, and scratching. As Cray-pas was widely used as a teaching material in schools, we tend to think of it as a tool developed exclusively for use by children. However, its excellent features drew the attention of many artists soon after the Second World War, when there was much difficulty in procuring oil paints. Hence, Cray-pas was gradually incorporated into mediums of artistic expression as a unique drawing material in its own right.

This exhibition presents pieces from the painting collection of the Sakura Art Museum, featuring the works of contemporary artists with a focus on the masters who were active on the Japanese art scene during the Taisho and Showa eras, including artist Kanae Yamamoto who was closely involved in the development and popularization of the Cray-pas. We invite all to come and appreciate these attractive Cray-pas works created by more than 100 masters.

Exhibition Details

From July 14th (Sat.) to September 9th (Sun.), 2018
(closed Mondays,except July 16th)
Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art
1-26-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8338
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Headquarters building. 42nd floor
Open Hours
10:00-18:00 (Last admission by 17:30)
Adults : 1000 yen (800 yen)
University and High School Students (Ages 16 up to 18 ) with ID : 700 yen (500 yen)
Ages 65 and over with ID : 800 yen
Junior High School Students (Ages 13 up to 15 ) with ID : Free
Children (under age 12 ) : Free
( ) indicate discount rates for groups of 20 and more

Pick up

Morikazu Kumagai
Kanae Yamamoto
《Landscape of Enoura》1934
Genichiro Inokuma
Ryohei Koiso
《Portrait of a Woman》 1951
Setsuko Migishi
Taro Okamoto
《Bird and the Sun》
Taro Okamoto
Kiyoshi Yamashita
Katsura Hunakoshi
Manjiro Terauchi
《Woman in Green Dress》
Matazo Kayama
《Balmy breeze》
Yoneko Saeki
《Landscape of the Country Town,Grisy in France》