Togyū Okumura (奥村 土牛 Okumura Togyū, 18 February 1889 – 25 September 1990) was a famous Japanese modern painter of the Nihonga style of watercolour painting. His original name was Yoshizō (義三). The name Togyū referred to a poem from his father who ran a publishing business.
Okumura is characterized by his works which achieve unusual, exquisite quality of colours through the application of the white gofun pigment 100 or 200 times as foundation.
- 1889 Born in Kyōbashi, Tokyo.
- 1900 Completes shogakko (junior school).
- 1926 Makes the acquaintance of Hayami Gyoshu.
- 1959 Becomes a director of the Japanese fine arts institute.
- 1962 Awarded the Japanese Order of Culture.
- 1978 Appointed chief director of the Japanese fine arts institute.
- 1990 Dies aged 101.
He painted Mount Fuji, which is in the Tokyo Imperial Palace.
- 鳴門 （1959, 128.5×160.5 cm）
- 鹿 （1968, 114.7×145.0 cm）
- 醍醐 （1972, 135.5×115.8 cm）
- 閑日 （1974, 73.0×100.0 cm）
- 吉野 （1977, 108.6×184.4 cm）
- 富士宮の富士 （1982, 76.1×115.1 cm）
- 蠣 （1984, 102.0×131.0 cm）
- 寅 （1985, 16.2×49.5 cm）
Books and collections of work
- スケッチそのをりをり （collection of sketches, 1917）
- 牛のあゆみ （autobiography, 1974）
Major collections holding works by Okumura
- Japanese arts, what & where? Tatsuo Takayama - 1987