About the Artist
Seiki Kuroda, Japanese, (1866-1924), studied art in Paris after first going there to earn a law degree. In Paris he followed a traditional course of study in Academic art and also discovered plein-air painting.
For most of his career, Kuroda painted in a style that was basically Impressionistic, but his work also displayed his academic training. His plein-air works and his more formal compositions were stylistically influenced by Edouard Manet and the Barbizon School.
Returning to Japan in 1893, Kuroda worked as a painter and educator. He was among the first to introduce Western-style paintings to the general Japanese population and was a major influence on this style’s eventual acceptance in Japan. [DES-4/07]