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Japanese, 20th century, male.

Born 1915, in Tokyo.

Painter, sculptor.

Jiro Asazuma was educated and greatly influenced by the painter Saburo Hasegawa, a theoretician of Abstract art.

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Yasuyoshi Saito

Japanese painter and writer. In 1929 he graduated from Tokyo Imperial University, where he researched Tōyō Sesshū for his thesis. In 1930 he went to Paris where his work was selected for the Salon d’Automne; on returning two years later to Japan, he exhibited in the 19th ...

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Hong Sŏn-p’yo

Korean painter. He was a pioneer of abstract art in Korea. The son of an affluent shipowner, he completed his middle-school education in Japan and entered the art department of a university there. In his second year at university he organized an avant-garde art research group and was actively involved in the early movement for abstract art in Japan. In ...

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Japanese, 20th century, female.

Born 1933, in Sendai; died 1988.

Painter.

Gutai group.

Seiko Kanno graduated in Fine Arts from Fukushima University. In the 1960s she belonged to the Association of Abstract Arts. She painted geometric abstract works based on patterns of lines. She took her inspiration from poetry, music, philosophy and science....

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Yasuyoshi Saito

Japanese painter and teacher. His grandfather was the celebrated Nihonga (Japanese-style) painter Gyokushō Kawabata. In 1934 Kawabata graduated from the Tokyo School of Fine Arts (now the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music). From 1939 to 1941 he lived in Italy and France. In ...

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Shigeo Chiba

Japanese painter. He started painting while at school and in 1912 went to Tokyo to study at the Taiheiyō Gakkai Kenkyūjō. In 1917 he first showed work at the exhibition of the Nikakai. During this period he modelled himself on Sōtarō Yasui. From 1920 to 1923...

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Japanese, 20th century, male.

Active in the USA from 1963.

Born 1930, in Takamatsu (Kagawa).

Painter.

Kawashima graduated from the School of Fine Art in Musashino near Tokyo in 1956. In 1963 he moved to New York. He is an abstract artist who works with the repetition and juxtaposition of well-constructed forms in squares. From ...

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Shigeo Chiba

Japanese painter. He studied painting at a private art school from the age of 18. When he was 29 he entered the art school run by Seifū Tsuda (1880–1978) and submitted works to the Nikakai (Second Division Association) and Dokuritsu bijitsu kyokai (Independent Art Association) exhibitions. Following the introduction of Surrealism and abstract art to Japan, he began, after a period of trial and error, to create works that possessed an individual quality of fantasy; in ...

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Toru Asano

Japanese printmaker, poet and book designer. He studied at the Tokyo Art School from 1910 to 1915. Influenced by Yumeji Takehisa (1884–1934), a painter of highly popular sentimental portraits of women, and later by Edvard Munch and Vasily Kandinsky, he moved towards the expression of his inner feelings, which he termed lyricism. In ...

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Yasuyoshi Saito

Japanese calligrapher and painter of Manchurian birth. She learnt calligraphy from her father from 1930 to 1945. In 1940 she held her first one-woman exhibition at the Kyukyodo Gallery in Tokyo. From c. 1945 she began the production of abstract paintings using sumi (ink). In ...