Painting Points Fingers / Itabashi Nihonga
[Image: Chozaburo Inoue "Chairman's Seat" (1971)]
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This exhibition spotlights members of the “Ikebukuro Montparnasse” and other Itabashi artists whose works reflected on social conditions in Japan. Displays include paintings portraying the laborers and leaders of the proletariat movement of the 1920s and 1930s that extended to the art world. Painter Chozaburo Inoue witnessed this movement first hand and cast a sharp eye on society, imbuing his works with wartime atmosphere. Inoue and other members of Shinjin Gakai art circle created works true to their artistic principles even as materials and artistic expressions were tightly restricted during the war.
The Japanese art world after World War II saw an influx of artwork from overseas, bringing with it a dizzying array of free expression and creativity. Among such developments, “reportage paintings” depicted the state of Japanese society, with artists such as Kikuji Yamashita and Hiroshi Nakamura creating works that cut to the core of complex post-war issues such as the U.S. military occupation. These paintings confronted their age with indictments of social realities that still speak powerfully to the viewer. The Itabashi Art Museum introduces several examples of these socially conscious works from its collection, offering interpretations of how the artists raised these issues. There is also special display of Itabashi Nihonga paintings.