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Rokuzan Ogiwara

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Rokuzan Ogiwara was a sculptor active in Meiji period Japan. His real name was Morie Ogiwara. He is regarded as one of the pioneers of modern western-style bronze sculpture in Japan. Early life Ogiwara was born in Azumino in Nagano Prefecture in the mountains of central Japan, as the fifth son of a local farmer. He was forced to drop out of school at an early age due to a heart condition. In 1894, he met Aizō Sōma and his wife Kokkō Sōma, the wealthy proprietors of the Nakamura-ya bakery in Tokyo and noted art patrons, and partly due to their influence, he became an active member of the temperance movement and a convert to Christianity. Artistic career The Sōmas recognized Ogiwara's artistic talent, and agreed to become his sponsors. He relocated to Tokyo in 1899, and also stayed at the Sōmas' summer villa in Kamakura, Kanagawa. Ogiwara traveled to New York City in the United States in 1901 to study oil painting under contemporary artists Robert Henri and William
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