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Hiraga, Kamesuke (1889 - 1971), "A French Street Scene"

"A French Street Scene" by Hiraga, Kamesuke
Catalog ID 8615
Artist Kamesuke Hiraga
Title A French Street Scene
Medium Original Oil Painting on Board
Series Title
Date 1928
Reference No
Size 23 -1/4 x 28 -1/4 " (painting); 29 -1/2 x 34" (framed)
Condition Very fine. Custom framed.


Born in Tokyo in 1889, Hiraga arrived in post-earthquake San Francisco in 1906 where he studied at the Institute of Art for five years. He then moved to Los Angeles and while there, won the Julian Prize in 1914 to study in Paris. He studied printmaking at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, where in 1915, he became the first Japanese student to win the Grand Prize. He returned to Paris again in 1925 to study painting under Lucien Simon. He was active in Los Angeles into the 1930's.

Hiraga's works hang in the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, and not forgotten at home, his work is featured in the Bridgestone Museum of Art, Japan. As recently as 2006, to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of Hiraga's journey to America, his painting and prints were displayed at a special exhibition at Jungu Chokokan Museum, Ise.

Other exhibitions included the Pasadena Paris Salon, 1925; Society of Artists, 1931; and the Pasadena Art Institute, 1931

He died in Hamajima, Japan in 1971. Half of his ashes remained in Japan while the other half were sent to France, where they were placed in the Montparnasse Cemetary in Paris.

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