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Shinkichi Higashiyama

Full name: Shinkichi "Kaii" Higashiyama
Original name: 東山 新吉 "魁夷"
Gender: Male
Born: July 8, 1908 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Died: May 6, 1999 in Chiba, Chiba, Japan
Country: JPN Japan
Sport: Art Competitions


Shinkichi Higashiyama was a painter in the traditional Nihonga style in Japan. His art works – mostly nature and landscape paintings – decorate the Japanese Imperial Palace and the Crown Prince's palace. They adorn Japanese cult sites such as the famous temple of Toshodaiji in Nara, and various museums and buildings around the world. Japanese landscape painting was never primarily meant to be a realistic representation of nature, but rather more of an expression of spiritual well-being and the artist’s state of mind. In 1933-35 Higashiyama traveled to Germany as an exchange student to study Western art history.

After World War II, Higashiyama worked temporarily as an essayist, but also learned to use gold and silver dust to make his colors more vivid. This Kirikane technique was widely used in Japan. During his lifetime he often went back to visit Germany and stayed in contact with famous German artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Matthias Grünwald, Casper David Friedrich and Emil Nolde.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Art Competitions Mixed Painting, Unknown Event Japan JPN AC

Mixed Painting, Unknown Event

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank Title
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Art Competitions Japan Final Standings AC Schlittschuhlauf der Knaben
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