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Ōta Chōu (1896-1958)

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Ōta Chōu 太田聴雨 (1896-1958) 
Sources: A Dictionary of Japanese Artists: Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Prints, Lacquer, Laurance P. Roberts, Weatherhill, 1976, p. 127 and Modern Boy, Modern Girl: Modernity in Japanese Art, 1910-1935, Ajioka Chiaki, Jackie Menzies, et al, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1998.

Ōta Chōu, a Japanese-style painter, was born Ōta Eikichi in Sendai. He became a pupil of Kawabata Gyokushō (1842-1913), a Japanese-style Shijō painter, at the age of 13 and in 1927 he began studying with Maeda Seison (1885-1977), a leading proponent of nihonga

He exhibited with the Inten, became a juror for the post-war Nitten (The Japan Fine Arts Exhibition) and was a member of the Japanese Academy of Fine Arts. A professor at Tokyo University of Arts, he is best known for portraying historical figures and the manners and customs of the day, such as in his best known work below, Women Observing Stars, created in 1936.  

    Women Observing Stars, 1936
color on paper, framed, 273.0×206.0 cm
J00035 The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

last update:
3/31/2019 created