CRAY-PAS ART by the Masters

CRAY-PAS ART by the Masters

2018.07.14(Sat)- 09.09(Sun)

From Modern Japan to the Present Day

End of the exhibition


Everyone has used “Cray-pas” (oil pastel) when they were children. Cray-pas was invented in Japan in 1925 as a painting material equipped with the merits of both wax crayons and pastels. It adheres well to painting surfaces, is unrestrained while offering good color development, and can be used for a wide range of artistic expressions in the same way as oil painting, such as color blending, layering, and scratching. As Cray-pas was widely used as a teaching material in schools, we tend to think of it as a tool developed exclusively for use by children. However, its excellent features drew the attention of many artists soon after the Second World War, when there was much difficulty in procuring oil paints. Hence, Cray-pas was gradually incorporated into mediums of artistic expression as a unique drawing material in its own right.

This exhibition presents pieces from the painting collection of the Sakura Art Museum, featuring the works of contemporary artists with a focus on the masters who were active on the Japanese art scene during the Taisho and Showa eras, including artist Kanae Yamamoto who was closely involved in the development and popularization of the Cray-pas. We invite all to come and appreciate these attractive Cray-pas works created by more than 100 masters.


10:00-18:00(Last admission by 17:30)


Days closed


New Year holidays,and periodically during changes of exhibits
※ open if it is a holiday
※ except July 16th

Exhibition Calendar


personal groups
Adults 1,000yen 800yen
Ages 65 and over with ID 800yen 800yen
University and High School Students with ID
(Ages 16 up to 18 )
700yen 500yen
Junior High School Students with ID
(Ages 13 up to 15 )
(under age 12 )
Free Free

※indicate discount rates for groups of 20 and more

Pick up

  • Morikazu Kumagai


  • Kanae Yamamoto

    《Landscape of Enoura》1934

  • Genichiro Inokuma


  • Ryohei Koiso

    《Portrait of a Woman》 1951

  • Setsuko Migishi


  • Taro Okamoto

    《Bird and the Sun》

  • Taro Okamoto


  • Kiyoshi Yamashita


  • Katsura Hunakoshi


  • Manjiro Terauchi

    《Woman in Green Dress》

  • Matazo Kayama

    《Balmy breeze》

  • Yoneko Saeki

    《Landscape of the Country Town,Grisy in France》

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