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Celebrating the 100th anniversary since he was born, this is a retrospective exhibition devoted to an exceptional painter from the World War II period, Ai-Mitsu, who had a huge influence on the history of modern Japanese art.
Ai-Mitsu was born in Hiroshima, moved to Tokyo in 1924 and spent time struggling with his peers from the art group called "Ikebukuro Montparnasse". He made his break-through with a piece called "Landscape with Eyes" in 1938. His works seem largely influenced by Surrealism, yet filled with mystery and originality; the sense of illusion in his paintings is attained after a thorough investigation of subject matter. He died in Shanhai, during the war.
Although there are not that many of his paintings left, he still has a broad reputation for his work. This exhibition consists of four chapters, featuring about 130 paintings including illusionistic pieces, self portraits, and others.
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From 2007-03-30 To 2007-05-27
Best when grotesque
By C.B. Liddell
Special to The Japan Times
Interest in Ai-Mitsu will always lie in his Surrealist paintings, the dark, tortured still lifes, and the images of the natural world that often have an unwitting Surrealist atmosphere. Though the style was very popular in Japan when he was painting, compared to other painters influenced by it, Ai-Mitsu remained oblivious to much of the intellectual baggage that the movement carried ...
靉光 展 - 国立近代美術館