Biography of Kaii HIGASHIYAMA
1908 - Japanese painter Kaii HIGASHIYAMA was born in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. His true given name was Shinkichi.
1911 - Moved to Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture.
1926 - Entered the Department of Japanese-style painting of the Tokyo School of Fine Arts (now Tokyo University of Arts).
1931 - Graduated from the Department of Japanese-style painting of the Tokyo School of Fine Arts (now Tokyo University of Arts). Became a pupil of Somei Yuki, and started using his Gago (pseudonym) 'Kaii'.
1933 - Completed the graduate course of the Tokyo School of Fine Arts. Went to Europe.
1934 - Entered Berlin University as the first Japan and Germany Exchange Student.
1947 - Won the Special Award at the 3rd Nitten Exhibition, and his work "Afterglow" was purchased by the Japanese government.
1950 - Exhibited his work "Road" at the 6th Nitten Exhibition.
1956 - Awarded the 12th Japan Art Academy Prize, and his work "Twilight" was purchased by the Japanese government.
1960 - Completed "Sun, Moon, and The Four Seasons", a painting on the wall of the Crown Prince's Palace.
1965 - Appointed to the member of The Japan Art Academy. Took office as the Director of the Nitten.
1968 - Completed "Dawn Tide", a painting on the wall of the new Imperial Palace.
1969 - Awarded the Mainichi Arts Prize. Given the Order of Culture, and designated a Person of Cultural Merit.
1975 - Completed "Mountain Clouds" and "Sound of Waves", paintings on the wall of Toshodai-ji temple.
1976 - Given the Grand Cross First Class of the Order of Merit by Federal Republic of Germany.
1980 - Completed "Huangshan Mountains in Morning Mist", "Yang Province in Balmy Breeze" and "Moonlit Night in Guilin", paintings on the wall of Toshodai-ji temple.
1984 - Appointed to the Councilor of the Nitten.
1985 - Given the "Pour le Mérite" by Federal Republic of Germany.
1999 - Kaii HIGASHIYAMA passed away at the age of 90. Given the First Class Order of the Sacred Treasure.
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