At the Akita Castle Hotel, there are exhibitions of paintings including works by Picasso and Degas.
Hotel Art Exhibition Infomation
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Homme et femme sur la plage
[Exhibition period] Summer
Mandoline, cruche et verre
[Exhibition period] Other than period listed above
Roentgen Art
Homme et femme sur la plage
[Exhibition period] July - August
By Pablo Picasso
1956
Technique: Oil on canvas
Size: 890 mm x 1160 mm
Picasso moved to the Villa La Californie in Cannes, south France in 1955 and lived there with his second wife, Jacqueline Roque.
On the day of April 18, 1956, Picasso made 3 paintings and 2 lithographs based on the theme of a man sitting with a woman lying next to him. This is one of those three paintings, and depicts a couple nestled together on the seashore. They are extremely simplified human forms and it is painted with very limited use of colors; the color scheme of simple lines and blue tones gives the viewer the atmosphere of an expansive seashore.
Mandoline , cruche et verre
[Exhibition period] January - June, September - December.
By Pablo Picasso
1959
Technique: Oil on canvas
Size: 650 mm x 810 mm
In 1958, Picasso bought the Chateau of Vauvenargues in Aix-en-Provence, and used it as his studio. The still life paintings he did in this period are characterized by their simple forms and harmonious colors.
In this piece, a mandolin, jug, and a glass, which Picasso often used as a motif, are drawn with a light brush before a background of deep green and black. From around 1947, Picasso started making pottery, and it is thought that it is one of the jugs he made, with an image of the Roman god Faunus drawn on it, depicted here.
Roentgen Art
Permanent exhibit
By Steven N. Meyers
Technique: Photography
Size: 1040 mm x 900 mm
Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)

Picasso was a Spanish artist who spent most of his adult life in France. Picasso had an enormous influence on 20th century art, and is nicknamed the father of modern art. Following his “Blue Period,” he started cubism, and continued to passionately adopt new styles. With a career spanning over 70 years, Picasso never stopped producing creative works, and continued to create huge pieces across a wide range of genres including sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, and paintings.

Steven N. Meyers

He has been working as a photographer since 1971. The technique of using x-ray photographs reveals a unique world with subtle details and beautiful images.

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Town
Cannes Carlton Hotel
Town
Permanent exhibit
By Wataru Kawashima
Technique: Japanese-style painting
Size: 1850 mm x 2300 mm
This piece is drawn from the viewpoint of someone looking down from a high position upon a streetscape where old buildings are pressed together along a gently curving road.
The reddish brown of each roof tile is drawn in detail on the rooves, and the green and brown colors over the white walls give them texture, expressing the history of the buildings. While there are no people to be seen, light leaks out of several open windows giving a feeling of humanity and warmth of those living there. The subdued colors and rich materials poetically express the feeling of a quiet town where time passes slowly.
cannes Carlton Hotel
Permanent exhibit
By Paul Aizpiri
Techquie: Oil painting
Size: 2000 mm x 2500 mm
One of the motifs that Aizpiri enjoyed painting was the landscape of Cannes in southern France.
The bustling feeling and fun of a luxury resort is expressed in this simplified picture by combining lightly blended blues, oranges, yellows, and purples with bright colors with a rich black contour line. This work is full of Aizpiri’s unique playful spirit with spheres in the sky filled with people and animals, and propellers with flags flying about.
Wataru Kawashima

A Japanese painter born in Kyoto. He studied Japanese painting at Kyoto Seika University, and in 1990 he was selected for the Nitten/Nisshunten for the first time (later he also submitted more), and in 1996 he received the Tokusen Prize for the 28th Nitten and in 2002 for the 34th Nitten.
From 2009 he became an associate professor at the Kyoto City University of Arts. He is unveiling many works with ripples on the surface of water and reflections of light as motifs, and which are a fusion of simple forms with rich poetic sentiment.

Paul Aizpiri

A painter born in Paris. After studying at the Ecole nationale superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, he won 3rd prize in a 1946 young painter’s exhibit, and in the 1950s he participated in the Venice Biennale and continued to rise in the eyes of the Paris art world. He deepened his friendships with Fujita Tsuguharu and Maurice Utrillo, and Pablo Picasso in particular had a large influence over him.
He painted familiar motifs such as figures of clowns and magicians, the landscapes of Paris and Venice, as well as flowers all with bright colors and light brushstrokes.

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Gold leaf drawing
Gold leaf drawing
Permanent exhibit
By Haruko Tsuji
Technique: Print
Size: 400 mm x 400 mm
Haruko Tsuji

Born in Aizu Wakamatsu, Fukushima. Graduated from the painting department of the Musashino Art University Junior College of Art and Design. A printmaker distinguished by their expression of plantlike images in dry point.

By using the special plan called“Spend time in a room with Degas”you can view these works.
DANSEUSE ASSISE, JUPE MAUVE
Permanent exhibit
By Edgar Degas
1901
Technique: Pastel, paper
Size: 540 mm x 340 mm

Degas, famous for his paintings that depict dancers, wasn’t limited to the theatre and stage, but drew his source material from scenes of dancers practicing as well, and became popular as a specialist in depicting ballet.
The massive number of sketches left by Degas reveal that he repeatedly studied individual poses and his natural depiction of the momentary movements of dancers were the result of countless repeated repetitions and practice.
In this sketch, the dancer is drawn with a sense of bulk, with bold and powerful lines. We have no idea of the expression on the model’s face, and that shows how focused Degas’s interest was on the bodily movements.

DANSEUSE ASSISE, JUPE MAUVE
Edgar Degas

A French painter and sculptor. Participated in the first Impressionist exhibit, and was a central figure amount Impressionist painters. However, unlike Impressionist painters who painted numerous outdoor landscapes full of light and color, he painted indoor scenes, especially those featuring ballet dancers, laundry workers, and bathing women.
He viewed the world around him with an observant piercing gaze, and created superb works including oil paintings, pastels, prints, and sculptures.

*These works can be viewed when staying on this floor.
KANTO Festival
Permanent exhibit
By Seiji Fujishiro
Technique: Levography Fine Print
Size: 480 mm x 610 mm
Fujishiro has produced several works with Akita themes including the Yokote Snow Festival and Akagami Shrine Goshado.
This piece, a shadow picture of the Kanto Festival, which represents the summer in Akita, was produced based on the impression that Fujishiro himself had when seeing the Kanto Festival in 2008. In addition to the lanterns strung on poles raised up high into the night sky, the amazing skills of those twisting the poles about, the drums and flutes of the musicians that liven the festival are all depicted in this vibrant piece.
Seiji Fujishiro

A shadow painter born in Tokyo. While studying at the Faculty of Economics at Keio University, he studied under the western-style painters Genichiro Inokuma and Kazu Wakita, producing oil paintings for new school exhibits, and even started making shadow puppet shows and shadow puppets. For about 50 consecutive years he published shadow paintings in the magazine, “Kurashi to Techo.”He creates many shadow pictures that fantastically express many subjects including fairytales, landscapes, and buildings with rich colors and sharp contrast between light and shadow.

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