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15. Funada Gyokuju (1912-1991)
Bare trees in the mist
Signed: Gyokuju
Seals: Gyokuju
Technique: sumi on silk 40 x 50.5
Mounting: orange brown silk
149 x 63.1
Condition: fine

Gyokuju was born in Hiromura, Kamo-gun, Hiroshima Prefecture and has been attracting a great deal of attention as an avant-garde of Japanese painting in recent years.
His first teacher was Gyoshu Hayami (1894-1935), a genius Japanese-style painter. However, soon after his teacher died, he studied under Kokei Kobayashi (1883-1957). First he learned to make full use of strict line drawing and beautiful colours. In 1938, he actively adopted surrealism and abstractionism with Iri Maruki and others, and pursued avant-garde expressions based on Japanese painting until the war.
After the war, he removed to his hometown in Hiroshima and made works that faced various painting materials that are not normally used in Japanese painting, such as mineral pigments and ink, as well as oil paintings and glass paintings. A large-scale retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the Nerima Art Museum and the Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of Art from 2012 to 2013

Price: EUR 900 / USD 1,066