Kumagai Morikazu

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Painter from Gifu. Kumagai graduated from the Tokyo School of Fine Arts, and soon became active in the Bunten exhibitions. In 1913, he returned for two years to Gifu, working in forestry while continuing to paint. After his return to Tokyo, he joined the Nikakai art association. After the war, Kumagai became a member of Nikikai art association, during this period also greatly reducing his color palette and formal vocabulary. He also produced ink painting and calligraphy. Kumagai famously reclined the Order of Culture in 1968 and various other awards and late in life garnered a reputation as a “solitary sage of the art world.”

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