A resident of Shizuoka, and born in Mishima, Japan, Kurihara studied Western-style painting at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts. He was in Britain between 1912 and 1924, and again from 1926 to 1927. He was one of several Japanese artists who studied with Brangwyn, a close friend of the industrialist Matsukata Kojiro. Painting initially in the style of Turner, Kurihara is said to have developed a more dynamic style as a result of Brangwyn’s influence. Kurihara also studied with Clausen. He exhibited one work at the Royal Society of British Artists in 1927. Brangwyn's influence is clearly evident in this dramatic rendering of Richmond Bridge. The preparatory drawing for this painting is in the Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art. The painting was exhibited in Leeds in 1916, where it was purchased by Sir Michael Sadler.
Where to see this painting?
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds
Parkinson Building, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, LS2 9JT
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