Miye Matsukata

Courtesy Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Miye Matsukata
Tokyo, Japan 1922
Boston, Massachusetts 1981
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Miyé Matsukata was born into a prominent Japanese family interested in Western traditions. Her grandfather was prime minister of Japan, and her uncle founded the Matsukata Collection of Western Art, which introduced European impressionism to Asia. From 1940 to 1944, a difficult time for Japanese people in America, Miyé blossomed at Principia College in Illinois. In 1950 she went to Scandinavia on a scholarship, where, she later admitted, she “tried to capture the Viking spirit” in her work.

Works by This Artist

ca. 1973
gold, diamonds
ca. 1970
rubies, sapphire, 14k and 18k gold
gold, diamonds, and pearl