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Shigeru Aoki



Aoki Shigeru

(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.


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