In the early Showa, he created an era of popular painting with illustrations of detectives and mysterious novels. After the war, he introduced the work of Eitaro Takenaka (1906-88), a painter who worked as a labor movement in Yamanashi Prefecture.
The Eitaro Takenaka Memorial Hall opens on April 10 at Yumura 3-chome, Kofu City.
The director is Eitaro’s second daughter, Kaneko Murasaki.
A private museum where you can meet a variety of works, from masterpieces before the war to bookbinding posters drawn by Mr. Elder Son (died in 1991) after the war, and it is likely to attract attention as a new tourist spot in Kofu.
Takenaka was born in Fukuoka City. Moved to Tokyo at the age of 17 and entered Kawabata School. From around 1928, he drew pictures in novels such as Ranpo Edogawa, Seishi Yokomizo, and Kyusaku Yumeno, focusing on the magazine “Shin Seinen”, and swept the world. In 1935, he suddenly broke his brush to Manchuria, but returned four years later. In 1942, he was evacuated to Kofu. Full-fledged re-creation began in 1967. At the request of the Mr. Lou who was a reporter, he painted fantastic works on the cover art and posters of Mr. Lou’s book.
The works drawn after the war were kept by Mr. Lou and left a will to wish to collect them in museums and other places in order to prevent the works from being lost.
Ms. Murasaki, who had inherited her will, temporarily deposited her work in Shirane-cho (currently Minami Alps City), formerly Nakakoma County.
Even after the deposit period, they requested that they be kept at the Shirane Togen Museum’s storage.
On the other hand, she said she had a dream of “I want to create a museum where my father’s picture and my brother’s book can be displayed and stored together.”
The museum has two floors and a total floor area of about 68 square meters.
The annex building of the Takenaka family has been renovated to overlook the cityscape of Mt. Fuji and Yumura.
Pre-war works to be displayed will include illustrations of Edogawa Ranpo’s “Injuu” and Seishi Yokomizo’s “Fuyo Yashiki’s Secret”.
Postwar works include the oil paintings “Maria of Sorrow” and “ripe fruit” used in the movie “The Night of Martial Law” by Hiroyuki Itsuki.
After the war, the colors were vivid and fantastic because they used oil paints and temperas (paints made by mixing pigments with glue).
The motifs are women, butterflies, and Okinawan folk.
His works are scheduled to be changed every season, and we are also examining the exhibition of art supplies, fans, and colored paper.
Ms. Murasaki says, “I want to make a museum with a warm atmosphere that many people can visit many times. Yumura is a place where my father has chosen and lived for decades. “.
Opening hours: 10: 00-16: 00
Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
¥ 300 (high school and older)
¥ 200 (elementary and junior high school students)
Please check the director’s diary and announcements as they may be closed temporarily.
3-9-1 Yumura Kofu Yamanashi