Study for [Portrait of Katsura Taro]

Organization control number
By Kuroda Seiki (1866-1924)
Era century
1910 (Meiji 43)
Item shape
Oil on canvas
Tokyo National Museum
This is a portrait of Katsura Taro (1848–1913) at the age of 62, when he was prime minister during his second cabinet. There are some differences, such as the way in which the area around the collar is depicted, between the study and the finished portrait, which was completed the following year and is now in the collection of Takushoku University. However, like most of Kuroda’s studies for commissioned portraits, it is more vigorous and energetic than the finished work.