About Oukoku Bunko in Kyoto
Oukoku Bunko in Kyoto consists of three structures of Registered Tangible Cultural Properties and categorized as Japanese style painting artist Oukoku KONOSHIMA'sJapanese style former residence, western style gallery and repository andJapanese style huge atelier.These strucures were constructed in 1913. OukokuBunko Library stores many calligraphic works and paintings as well as bookswritten on Confucianism collected by Oukoku and Oukoku's Japanese style painting works, drawing sketched and created for practice.
Oukoku's former residence constructed in 1913
western style gallery and repository
Oukoku's Masterpiece "Tsurugi-no-Mai"
created in 1901
Oukoku's Masterpiece "Kyochu-no-Aki"
created in 1933
Oukoku KONOSHIMA was born in Kyoto in 1877. Entered private school of painting organized by Keinen IMAO and at the same time started studying herbalism and Neo-Confucianism under Keigu YAMAMOTO at the age of 16. Since it was a common belief among Kyoto modern Japanese style painters at that time that receiving anaward at an exhibition sponsored by the government was the starting point of apainter's career, Oukoku entered his works in the exhibition sponsored by theMinistry of Education while he was still young and almost of all of them won awardsevery year.
Oukoku KONOSHIMA born in 1877
Oukoku's master of painting, Keinen IMAO was Japanese style painting artist of Maruyama- Shijo School. Maruyama-Shijo School is a name collectively referring to Maruyama School founded by Okyo MARUYAMA and Shijo School founded by Goshun MATSUMURA, which became famous in Kyoto from the late Edo Period. The school which had Okyo as its founder was called the MaruyamaShijo school, and hasbecome a source of Kyoto art circles, which are in the line age of this school.
Since Goshun MATSUMURA, the founder of Shijo School, was influenced in his painting style by the sketch style of Okyo MARUYAMA, the founder of Maruyama School, these two schools were later combined in name to be collectively called as "Maruyama-Shijo School".
It is also a fact that many Japanese painters after the early years of the modern age were influenced by the Kanoha group and started with the influence of the Kanoha group; initially, Korin OGATA, of the Rinpa group, and Okyo MARUYAMA of the Shasei-ha group had learned from the Kanoha group.
Oukoku Bunko's Present Address: 56 Higashi-machi,Tojiin, Kita-Ward, Kyoto, 603-8343 Japan
Facebook URL: http://www.facebook.com/okokubunko/
Open to the public on every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays fromOctober 26 to December 15 in 2013. Hours are from 10am to 4pm.