Poetry and Charm: Feng Zikai Meets Takehisa Yumeji
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The works of Japanese painter and poet Takehisa Yumeji (1884-1934) are shown alongside the works of Chinese artist and intellectual Feng Zikai (1889 – 1975) at Asia Society.
Featuring 40 works by Takehisa Yumeiji and 80 pieces by Feng Zikai, this joint art exhibition is held to commemorate both the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Sino-Japanese Peace and Friendship Treaty and the 120th anniversary of the birth of Feng.
Painter, print maker, illustrator and poet Takehisa Yumeiji is hailed as one of the most famous leading Japanese painters during the Taishō era (1912 – 1926), a period in which the influence of Western culture grew rapidly. He is often referred to as ‘Japan’s Toulouse-Lautrec’ as well as the ‘Master of modern Japanese Illustration’.
Feng Zikai was an influential artist and intellectual who made strides in painting, Chinese calligraphy, music and architecture. Blending Chinese and Western techniques, Feng is considered to be considered to be the ‘Father of modern manhua (Chinese comics)’. Both his artistic and literary work comments on and records the relationship between the changing political landscape and the daily lives of ordinary people.