Insho Domoto
(1891-1975)
Insho Domoto was born in Kyoto in 1891, with his given name Sannosuke.
After he graduated from Kyoto City School of Arts and Crafts,
he was originally trained in craft design. He began his career by drawing patterns for traditional textiles, Nishijin-ori.
But his ardor for being a Nihonga painter made him enter Kyoto Municipal Special School of Painting (Kyoto Shiritsu Kaiga Senmon Gakko), and pursued his studies as a Nihonga painter between 1918 and 1924.
He also took private lessons from Suisho Nishiyama (1879-1958), the influential pupil of Seiho Takeuchi.
In 1919, after "Landscape of Fukakusa" was accepted for the 1st TEITEN exhibition, Insho had been cutting a brilliant figure as a young painter.
He won a special commendation for his picture "Women playing Football" in the 3rd TEITEN exhibition.
A large painting on Buddhist themes "Kegon" which won an award (Teikoku-Bijutsuin Sho) in the 1925
Teiten exhibition was among his early works to win distinction and establish his reputation as a specialist in large-scale religious paintings.
With this success, Insho began to receive comissions to paint the ceilings and fusuma of distinguished Buddhist temples in the Kansai area.
Insho completed over 600 such commissions in his lifetime.
He had established his own private painting school, called "Tokyusha". He was also a professor at Kyoto Municipal Special School of Painting, and trained the younger generation.
In 1944 he became a member of the Imperial Art Academy.
In 1950 He became a member of Geijutsuin.
After 1955 he pursued abstract expression, and it stimulated intense for Japanese painting circles.
He invited many International exhibitions.
In 1961 he had received the Order of Cultural Merit.
In 1966 he established Domoto Museum of Fine Arts to display his works of art by his design.
Insho cultivated a strong interest in history, aesthetic theory, and Western art from the Old Masters to Cubism and Kandinsky.
These enthusiasms led him to successive transformations in style and subject matter during the postwar years.
In September, 1975, he died at the age of 83.


Column
1. Insho sets his heart to become a Japanese painter (Taisho period to beginning of Showa period)
2. His view towards religion (Beginning of the Showa period/success as a partition painter)

Insho Domoto Chronological list of the main events
1891 On December 25, Insho was born in Kyoto as the third son of Gohe Domoto, a sake brewer, and Yoshiko. His given name was Sannosuke. His older brother Kansei was a scholar of art, Shikken a lacquer artist, and his younger brother Shiro later committed himself to Insho so that Insho could focus on his art work. Of his 5 younger sisters, 3 married Japanese artists: Shumei Mori, Sokyu Yamamoto and Chosei Miwa.
1910
Age:19
He graduated from the Department of Design at Kyoto City School of Arts and Crafts. After a period at the design department of Mitsukoshi, he worked at Heizo Tatsumura's textile factory in Nishijin and drew textile designs.
1912
Age:21
He started to call himself "Insho".
1918
Age:27
He enterd Kyoto Municipal Special School of Painting.
1919
Age:28
His work “Landscape of Fukakusa” was accepted for the first Teiten Exhibition for the first time.
1920
Age:29
He entered Suisho Nishimura's Shokosha, a private school for painting.
1921
Age:30

He graduated from Kyoto Municipal Special School of Painting . and he continued to study at the graduate school.

1924
Age:33
He completed graduate school at Kyoto Municipal Special School of Painting. He was judge at the 5th TEITEN exhibition. (He went on to be judge at the 8th, 10th, 12th and 14th TEITEN exhibitions.)
1925
Age:34
His work “Kegon” was submitted to the 6th TEITEN exhibition and was awarded the Imperial Art Prize (Teikokubijutsuinsho).
1929
Age:38
His work"Princess Konohanasakuya” was exhibited to the 10th Teiten Exhibition.
1933
Age:42
He had established his own private painting school, called "Tokyusha". 
1936
Age:45
He was a professor at Kyoto Municipal Special School of Painting(1936-1941.5)
1952
Age:61

From May through November he toured around Italy, western Germany, Spain, France and Switzerland.

1953
Age:62
His work"Metro"was exhibited to to the 10th TOKYUSHATEN memorial exhibition.
1961
Age:70
He held a personal exhibition sponsored by Circolo degli Artisti di Torino. He received the Order of Culture and was selected as Bunkakorosha (a person of cultural merits). He was judge at the 4th SHINNITTEN exhibition and submitted his work “Symphony”.
1962
Age:71
He held a personal exhibition in Paris and New York.
1963
Age:72
He drew a mural-painting in the Catholic Tamatsukuri Church.
1965
Age:74
The Corporation of Domoto Museum of Fine Arts was established.
1966
Age:75
In October, the Domoto Museum of Fine Arts was opened.
1973
Age:82
At the request of Pope Paul VI, Insho painted “Mother and Child” which was exhibited at the Vatican Museums. He received an award, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Sylvester.
1975 At the 32th TOKYUSHATEN exhibition he painted “Zendo, Great Teacher of Buddhism” which became his last work. On September 5th, he passed away.
1991 The Domoto Museum of Fine Arts was donated to Kyoto prefecture by the Corporation of Domoto Museum of Fine Arts.
1992 Kyoto Prefectural Insho-Domoto Museum of Fine Arts was opened.
*His age mentioned above are calculated in the Western style system of that year.