Biography Yasui, Sôtarô (1888 - 1955)
Yasui Sôtarô was born in Kyoto. He studied with Asai Chû, and in 1907 he went to Paris, where he studied with Jean-Paul Laurens and at the Academie Julian until 1914. At the start of WWI he returned to Japan, where he established a name for himself as one of the leading Western-style painters.
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In 1935 he was appointed member of the Imperial Fine Arts Academy. In 1930s he exhibited woodblock prints with the Nihon Hanga Kyôkai. Some of these were carved by Hiratsuka Un'ichi, and were published commercially. Their subjects include women, landscapes and still-lifes.
He taught at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts between 1944-1952. In 1952 he was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit.
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