After graduating in 1921 from Kagawa Prefectural Marugame Middle School (present Marugame Senior High School), Genichiro Inokuma (1902-1993) entered Tokyo Fine Arts School (present Tokyo University of the Arts). In 1926, while still in art school, he was selected for inclusion in the Imperial Art Academy’s 7th Art Exhibition. Thereafter, as Inokuma increasingly gave play to his genius as a painter, he was specially selected for the Imperial Art Academy’s 10th (1929) and 14th (1933) exhibitions as well.
In 1933, he painted Mt. Myogi for Marugame Middle School’s 40th anniversary. Inokuma continued to donate works to the school in the years that followed. He also twice gave lectures as part of the school’s anniversary celebrations and otherwise maintained a close relationship with his alma mater.
The events and encounters of his youth in Marugame became a starting point for Genichiro Inokuma the painter. This exhibition, which marks Marugame Senior High School’s 120th anniversary, recalls Inokuma’s relationship with Marugame and, especially, his alma mater and introduces related artworks.