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White Birch Society

Yasuyoshi Saito

in Oxford Art Online

Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI:

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Japanese society of literary figures and artists formed in Tokyo in 1910 by, among others, the novelists Saneatsu Mushanokōji (1885–1976) and Naoya Shiga (1883–1971), and the painter and critic Muneyoshi Yanagi. The society produced an eponymous monthly journal, the first issue of which appeared in April 1910. The aim of the journal was to discuss ideas on Western literature and art and to introduce to Japan the work of such major Western artists as Cézanne, van Gogh and Rodin. The society greatly influenced young Japanese artists, such as Ryūsei Kishida, whose early work was inspired by late Impressionism, and who was a founder of the Grass and Earth Society of Western-style painters. The society also held exhibitions of Western art (principally reproductions), including a show of Western prints (Tokyo, 1911) and another showing the work of Rodin, Renoir and Bernard Leach. The society’s journal ran for 160 issues, until ...

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Subjects: 20th-Century Art ; East Asian Art

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