1870-1917. Art historian and art critic. The firstborn son of a government official, Takatoshi Iwamura. From 1888, for five years he studied art in the United States and Europe. In Europe he learned painting techniques and read the history of Western art at the Academie Julien in Paris. When he returned to Japan, he formed the Hakubakai with Kiyoteru Kuroda, whom he met in Paris. He later became a professor at the Tokyo Art School (now the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music). He also served as judge for a Ministry of Education art exhibition and devoted himself to founding the National Association of Art.
- Association with Minato City
Joined the Oil Painting Institute in Akasaka Tameike after studying art in America and Europe
The art historian Toru Iwamura attended Keio Gijuku Yochisha Primary School and Tokyo Eiwa School (now Aoyama Gakuin School). Iwamura, who deepened his interest in art and developed a command of English, returned from studies abroad to help found the art organization Hakubakai and mainly gave talks on Western Art history at the Oil Painting Institute of Hakubakai.
In 1899, he became a lecturer at the Tokyo Art School and was later appointed professor. His humanistic approach to lessons was very popular, and there are many stories of students enrolling at the school primarly to attend his lectures. There was a period when he taught at Keio University as a result of Ogai Mori’s recommendation. Because his home was in Imoaraizaka, Azabu Kita Nichigakubo, his trade name was Imoarai.
Japanese Biographic Dictionary (Kodansha)
Nihon Rekishi Jinbutsu Jiten (Biographical Dictionary of Japanese History) (Asahi Shimbun)
Geien Zakko (Book on the World of Art and Literature) (Heibonsha)
Geien Zakko (Book on the World of Art and Literature) (Edited by Torao Miyakawa / Heibonsha)
Ito Dokei - Nihonjin no Paris (Yearning for a Foreign City: A Japanese’s Paris) (Eiko Imabashi / Heibonsha)
Iwamura Toru to kindai bijutsu (Toru Iwamura and Modern Art) (Rikuro Kiyomi / Seibunkaku)