Self-portrait

Organization control number
KU-c037
Classification
Kuroda
Author
By Kuroda Seiki (1866-1924)
Era century
1885 (Meiji 18)
Item shape
Pencil on paper
Collector
Tokyo National Museum
The inscription at the bottom right reads “drawn at a hotel in Paris on August 4, 1885, by Kuroda Seiki,” showing that Kuroda sketched this self-portrait around his second year in Paris when he was preparing to enter law school. Although created before Kuroda’s formal study of painting, it demonstrates that he already possessed the ability to depict his subjects accurately.