"Yuzo Saeki and France" Exhibition

Pola Museum of Art

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Arriving in Paris in January 1924, Yuzo Saeki visited Auvers sur Oise early that summer, the town in which Vincent van Gogh lived during his last days. Here, Saeki encountered the Fauvist painter Maurice de Vlaminck, interactions with whom radically changed not only his style of painting but also his life itself.

After absorbing elements of Vlaminck's painting style in Auvers, Saeki went back to Paris and became strongly fascinated by the work of Maurice Utrillo, who depicted the street corners of Paris with a melancholic tone. This led to Saeki forming his own way of expression in which Vlaminck's powerful touch, a sense of groundbreaking composition and Utrillo's pensive landscape were all present. Saeki newfound idiom attracted much attention first at the Paris Salon and then in his home country, Japan.

This exhibition attempts to reexamine the roots of Saeki's artistry and his influence on other artists through a close observation of his oeuvre as well as the work of other related French and Japanese painters.

[Image: "Street Corner" (1925) oil on canvas]

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From 2008-09-13 To 2009-03-08

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Yuzo Saeki

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