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Kuroda Seiki Chronology

1866 age 0 Born on 29 June in Takamibaba, Kagoshima. Named Shintaro. His father was Kuroda Kiyokane, a clansman of the Shimazu clan.
1871 5 Adopted as heir by his uncle, Kuroda Kiyotsuna.
1878 12 Renamed, the previous year, Seiki. Studied pencil drawing and watercolour painting under Hosoda Sueji, a follower of Takahashi Yuichi.
1883 17 Studied French under Terao Hisashi. Admitted to the second grade of a French course at a foreign language school.
1884 18 Goes to study in France in February. Enters the Institution de M. Goffart in March.
1885 19 Goffart closes down in August. Enters Lycée Janson de Sailly.
1886 20 Attends a law school. Yamamoto Hosui, Fuji Masazo, and Hayashi Tadamasa, who were in Paris, advise Kuroda to become an artist and he decides to study under Raphael Collin. Travels to Belgium and Holland in the summer.
1887 21 Enrolls in a law school. Spends the summer in northern France and Belgium. Leaves the law school in October. Concentrates on studying painting in Collin's class at the L'Academie Colarossi.
1888 22 Visits Grez for the first time in May. Spends the summer travelling to Belgium and Holland.
1890 24 Moves to Grez in June.
1891 25 Reading is accepted at the Salon of Société des Artistes Français in March.
1892 26 Reading is exhibited for reference at The 4th Meiji Bijutsu-kai Exhibition in March. Travels to Belgium in July.
1893 27 Morning Toilette is accepted at the Salon of the Societé Nationale des Beaux Arts. Returns to Japan via the United States in July.
1894 28 Establishes Tenshin Dojo in October and begins teaching. Submits Morning Toilette to The 6th Meiji Bijutsu-kai Exhibition. Serves in the Sino-Japanese War from November.
1895 29 Returns from war in February. Becomes a judge for The 4th National Industrial Exhibition and submits Morning Toilette in March. Dispute over nude painting arises.
1896 30 Becomes lecturer at Tokyo Art School in May and teaches Western painting. Establishes Hakuba-kai in June. Travels to Kyoto in November.
1897 31 Submits Wisdom, Impression, Sentiment, Lakeside, and other works to The 2nd Hakuba-kai Exhibition.
1898 32 Becomes professor at Tokyo Art School in April.
1899 33 Opens Hakuba-kai Kenkyujo [Research Institute] in Tameike.
1900 34 Leaves for Europe in May. Arrives in Paris in July. Submits 5 works including Wisdom, Impression, Sentiment and Lakeside to the International Exposition in Paris and wins silver prize.
1901 35 Travels to Italy, Germany, and London. Returns to Japan from Paris on 15 May.
1905 39 Hakuba-kai starts a bulletin entitled Kofu in May.
1907 41 Serves as a judge for Tokyo Industrial Exhibition in March. Becomes a member of the Bunten Exhibition jury.
1908 42 Submits three works to The 2nd Bunten Exhibition in October.
1909 43 Submits two works to The 3rd Bunten Exhibition in October.
1910 44 Serves as a judge for The 2nd Tokyo Metropolitan Arts and Crafts Exhibition in April and The Bunten Exhibition in July. Submits a painting to The 4th Bunten Exhibition in October. Becomes a member of the Imperial Art Board.
1911 45 Hakuba-kai dissolves in March. Serves as judge for the Bunten Exhibition in August (and continues to do so every year until The 12th Exhibition in 1918). Submits three works to The 5th Bunten Exhibition in October.
1912 46 Establishes Kofu-kai in May. Submits two works to The 1st Kofu-kai Exhibition held in June and two other works to The 6th Bunten Exhibition held in October.
1913 47 Nominated Chairman of Kokumin Bijutsu Kyokai in March. Submits two works to The 7th Bunten Exhibition in October.
1914 48 During a visit to his hometown in Kagoshima in January, Sakurajima erupts. Serves as a judge for the Tokyo Taisho Exposition in April. Volume 1 of his catalogue raisonné is published in May. Submits Sunbeams Falling Through Leaves and one other work to The 8th Bunten Exhibition in May.
1915 49 Submits a work to The 9th Bunten Exhibition in October.
1917 51 His foster father Kiyotsuna dies and Seiki succeeds the title of viscount.
1919 53 Reelected as chairman of Kokumin Bijutsu Kyokai. Becomes a member of the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts. Submits a portrait to The 1st Teiten Exhibition in October.
1920 54 Is elected as member of the House of Peers.
1921 55 Recommended as member of the Royal Academy Institute of Oil Painters in March.
1922 56 Awarded the Croix du Commandeur Etoile Noire by the French government in February. Becomes president of the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts in July.
1923 57 Awarded the Commandeur de l'Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur by France in February.
1924 58 Awarded the Grande Croix Dragon de l'Annam by the French government in May. Dies at his home in Azabukogaicho on 15 July and is immediately conferred a decoration by the Japanese government.
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