Exhibition Outline

-A Singular Painter-

Exhibition Outline

Sesson was born into a military class family in Hitachi province (his birthplace is today Hitachi-Omiya city, Ibaraki prefecture). He entered the Buddhist priesthood at an early age and set out to become a painter. After working in Aizu, Fukushima, Sesson visited Odawara and Kamakura, where he encountered renowned priests and painting masterpieces. All of these experiences contributed to his development of a unique style and expression. From around his mid 60s through to his death in his late 80s, Sesson lived in Aizu and Miharu (present-day Miharu-machi, Fukushima prefecture), continuing to create great works.  
Sesson’s images of people—which some consider to be predecessors to Itô Jakuchû, Soga Shôhaku and other Edo period eccentric painters—feature bold compositions and unique forms that can’t help but move their viewer. His landscapes, on the other hand, focus on carefully drawn images of wind, waves and trees, all details replete with Sesson’s own singular worldview.
This major retrospective presents approximately 100 important works from Sesson’s oeuvre, including many from overseas collections, along with approximately 30 works by later artists, such as Ogata Kôrin and Hôgai Kanô, who were fascinated by Sesson’s depicted energy and imagery. We hope that visitors to the exhibition will enjoy their encounters with the essence of Sesson’s artistry found in each of the displayed works.

List of Works


Mar 28 (Tue) - May 21 (Sun), 2017
Closed on Mondays

  • *open on May 1 (Mon)

Some pieces will be replaced during the exhibition period


(Entry by 16:30)


Main Gallery 1, 2, 3, 4 ( The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts )

Organized by

Tokyo University of the Arts; The Yomiuri Shimbun

Sponsored by

Nissha Printing Co., Ltd.

In cooperation with

Japan Airlines

Patronized by

TBS Radio, Inc.


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