Kuroda Seki: Google Doodle celebrates Japanese painter on this day

Kuroda Seki: Google Doodle celebrates Japanese painter on this day

Kuroda was an influential artist who’s known as the father of Western- style oils in Japan – as well as Western art proposition in his training. 

The painter was influential during the 19th and early 20th century – and is extensively considered to be on Japan’s topmost artists to this day. 

Who was Seiki Kuroda? Kuroda was born on 9 August 1866 in Takamibaba, Satsuma Domain. The son of a samurai of the Shimazu clan, he was espoused as his uncle’s heir at law at birth and moved to his estate in Tokyo.

After pursing studying in Paris, where he was to study law in 1886 at the age of 18, he met the painters Yamamoto Hosui and Fuji Masazo, as well as art dealer Tadamasa Hayashi, and they induced him to pursue oil full time. 

It was during his time in Paris that he learned Western styles bringing back to Japan a oil called “ Morning Toilette ”, which went on to come the first raw oil to be intimately displayed in Japan. 

sorely it was destroyed in WW2. In 1886, he innovated the Hakuba- kai – also known as the White Horse Society – a group of Japanese interpreters of yoga and oil and was invited to educate the Western oil Department at the Tokyo School of Fine trades.