(b Kurume, Kyushu, 1882; d Fukuoka, Kyushu, 1911) Japanese
painter. Although his family disapproved of his early interest in
Western-style art, he left home at 17 to pursue his studies in
Tokyo, first with Koyama Shotaro (1857–1916), a pupil of Antonio
Fontanesi, an Italian painter who taught at the Kobu Bijutsu Gakko
(Technical Art School) from 1877 to 1879, and then with KURODA SEIKI
at the Tokyo Bijutsu Gakko (Tokyo Art School; now Tokyo University
of Fine Arts and Music). Aoki finished his studies in 1904. A
brilliant, rather eccentric young man, he showed precocious talent
and while still a student exhibited his work with Kuroda’s
prestigious association of Western-style painters, the Hakubakai
(White Horse Society), established in 1896.
Paradise Under the Sea
Sound of Autumn
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