Each year, Kuraray Co., Ltd. produces a highly popular, user-friendly calendar that takes "nature" as its theme.

For its 2011 edition, Kuraray has unveiled a calendar that focuses on famous paintings exhibited at the OHARA MUSEUM of ART (Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture), which was established by Kuraray founder Magosaburo Ohara, juxtaposed with photographs of the landscapes depicted therein. Featuring 12 representative landscape paintings selected from the museum collection, including "High Noon in the Alps" by Segantini, "Waterlilies" by Monet and "Te Nave Nave Fenua" by Gauguin, the central motif of the 2011 calendar is the beauty of the landscapes depicted in the paintings. Also included in the calendar are explanations of the eras in which the paintings were created and their histories as well as insight into the artists' thoughts and feelings toward their work.

The OHARA MUSEUM of ART was Japan's first private museum of Western art. Established in 1930 to honor Torajiro Kojima, an artist Magosaburo Ohara had long supported, the OHARA MUSEUM of ART recently commemorated its 80th anniversary.

1. Calendar Features

  • (1) Each month features a photograph of a landscape that inspired a painting along with commentary supplied by the OHARA MUSEUM of ART. The last page of the calendar features thumbnail views of the photographs for each month.
  • (2) This is a 14-page calendar comprising seven sheets of paper printed on both sides and is 52cm long x 36cm wide when fully opened. The calendar folds in half for delivery, making it compact, and double-sided printing was used to conserve paper resources.
  • (3) The date boxes provide ample space for writing in appointments and notes and the numbers for the dates are shown clearly and in large type so that they can be seen easily from a distance.
  • (4) The overall design is practical, functionally decorative and user-friendly.

Te Nave Nave Fenua by Paul Gauguin (1892) Paul Gauguin took up painting as a full time occupation at the age of 35. After moving to Bretagne in the south of France, his drawing style became more ornamental, and he began delineating shapes with outlines separating areas of color. He eventually moved to Tahiti in pursuit of a south sea paradise. Although Tahiti was not exactly what he longed for, Gauguin was greatly inspired by the natural beauty of the island and began to paint canvases that were clearly divided into sections through the bold use of color. This piece was created in his second year in Tahiti.

2.The 2011 Kuraray Calendar "THE GREAT LANDSCAPES-Landscapes in Famous Paintings" Collection

  Name of Painting Artist Year Painted
January Cliffs of Greville Jean-François Millet 1871
February Landscape of Vetheuil Bakusen Tsuchida 1922
March Stream in Spring Paul Sérusier 1906-1917
April Landscape of La Ferté-Milon Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot 1855-1865
May High Noon in the Alps Giovanni Segantini 1892
June Waterlilies Claude Monet circa 1906
July Summer in Asahi-gawa Torajiro Kojima 1913
August Te Nave Nave Fenua Paul Gauguin 1892
September Port of Marseilles Albert Marquet 1916
October Landscape Paul Cezanne 1885-1887
November Highly Cultivated Hills Takeji Fujishima 1938
December Small Table in Evening Dusk Henri Le Sidaner 1900-1918