Kanayama Yasuki in Paris: Japanese Painters in the 1950s
Setagaya Art Museum (世田谷美術館)
1-2 Kinuta-koen, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 157-0075, Japan
At the beginning of the 1950s, not long after the end of World War II, a group of Japanese painters traveled to Paris, yearning for a breath of artistic life to escape from the devastation. In the foreign capital, home to a mixture of tradition and the avant-garde, the artists developed strong bonds with each other as they struggled to survive. Yasuki Kanayama(1926-1959), who enrolled in the law department at the Sorbonne, was a unique figure among the artists. Though he distinguished himself with limpid still-life paintings, Kanayama died abruptly at the age of 33. This exhibition examines his unique art along with the work of Japanese artists such as Tsuguharu Fujita(1986-1968), Gyoji Nomiyama(1920-), Toshimitsu Imai(1928-2002), and Hisao Domoto(1928-2013), who lived in Paris during the same period.