Date of Birth and Death
April 23, 1875 - August 27, 1949
Birthplace (modern name)
Occupation, Status
Pen name etc.
UEMURA Tsune, UEMURA Tsuneko


An artist who specialized in Nihonga (Japanese-style paintings). After dropping out of the Kyoto Prefectural School of Painting (now the Kyoto City University of Arts), she studied with Suzuki Shonen, Kono Bairei, Takeuchi Seiho. In 1890, her painting Shiki bijin-ga (The beauty of four seasons) won first prize in the 3rd National Industrial Exhibition. She exhibited numerous other paintings that won awards, including Boshi (Mother and child) at the Paris World Expo as well as Nagayo (Long night) and Tsukikage (Moonlight) at the Bunten exhibition. In 1948, she became the first woman to receive the Order of Culture. She produced bijin-ga throughout her life in an elegant style that incorporated modern taste with traditional technique of the Shijo school. Other notable works include Hana zakari (In full bloom), Jo no mai (Noh dance prelude), Yubo (The evening glow), and Banshu (Late autumn). The painter Uemura Shoko (real name Uemura Shintaro) is her son.


National Diet Library's collections



  • Portrait of UEMURA Shoen1
  • Portrait of UEMURA Shoen2
  • Portrait of UEMURA Shoen3
  • Portrait of UEMURA Shoen4