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Yumeji Takehisa, Nude on the West Coast, 1931-1932, Oil on canvas, Collection of Yumeji Art Museum

Yumeji Takehisa, a pioneering graphic designer, designing books, magazine covers as well as clothing and everyday objects in his pursuit of beauty in daily life. The exhibition commemorates the one hundred fortieth anniversary of Yumeji’s birth “Takehisa Yumeji: Taisho Romanticism and the New World” will be held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum from June 1st to August 25th, 2024.


Yumeji Takehisa (1884-1934), the painter who epitomizes Taisho Romanticism, was also a poet. Yumeji received no formal art training but, entirely self-taught, developed his own painting style. His lyrical paintings of beautiful women, known as Yumeji style beauties, earned great popularity. Yumeji’s works are continuously fascinating many today, ninety years after his death.

The exhibition introduces about 180 works, including the recently discovered “Amaryllis,” a masterpiece from the mid-Taisho period, and “Nude Woman on the West Coast,” which he painted while in the United States, and sketchbooks and drawings that were left to a friend who had cared for him during his illness, mainly from the Yumeji Art Museum collection. This exhibition traces his life from a new perspective, based on the most recent research.

Takehisa Yumeji: Taisho Romanticism and the New World
Date: June 1st – August 25th, 2024
Hours: 10:00 – 18:00 (Last admission at 17:30)
Closed on Mondays
Place: Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
Address: 5-21-9 Shiroganedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81 (0)50 5541 8600 (Hello Dial)

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