「100th Anniversary KOMAI Tetsuro Exhibition Part.1 -Artist in young days and Patron-」 List of works
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the copperplate poet KOMAI Tetsuro, Watanuki Ltd. is hosting KOMAI Tetsuro Exhibition Part.1.

From the collection of Mr. M, who was one of patrons of KOMAI Tetsuro (1920-1976) in his young days, Watanuki Ltd. is exhibiting oil paintings, woodblock and copperplate prints. 15 valuable works between 1936 (16 yrs) to 1960 (40 yrs), include those exhibited in exhibitions in and out of Japan such as Salon de Mai, Australia - New Zealand Touring Exhibition, Contemporary Japanese Art Exhibition, Shunyo Art Exhibition and special exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama.

Prof. KURITA Hidenori of Nagoya University Graduate School of Humanities Department has written an essay on Mr. M and KOMAI Tetsuro. This essay will be available on our web and blog.


<List of 15 exhibited works>

"1969 New Year card" (Imitation of Kurt Seligmann's "Romantic Industries")

c.1936
Copperplate (Etching)
Image size: 11.5×9.7cnm
Sheet size: 16.5×25.5cm
Embossed
*Catalogue No.3 (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum)
*Raisonne No.4 (Bijyutsu Shuppan-sha)
SOLD

"(Work)"

Woodblock print
Image size: 40.0×30.4cm
Sheet size: 49.5×44.5cm
Signed
SOLD

"Fossil"

1948
Copperplate (Aquatint, soft ground etching)
Image size: 13.7×5.5cm
Sheet size: 30.2×22.0cm
Ed.20
Signed
*Labeled for "6 Contemporary Print Artists Exhibition" (1952, The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama)
*Catalogue No.14 (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum)
*Raisonne No.15 (Bijyutsu Shuppan-sha)
SOLD


"Small fish"

1950
Copperplate (Etching, mezzotint (Ganpi print))
Image size: 5.0×12.0cm
Sheet size: 30.2×22.0cm
Ed.20
Signed
*Labeled for "6 Contemporary Print Artists Exhibition" (1952, The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama)
*Catalogue No.25 (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum)
*Raisonne No.26 (Bijyutsu Shuppan-sha)
SOLD

"Grave diggers"

1951
Copperplate (Aquatint, soft ground etching)
Image size: 16.2×11.3cm
Sheet size: 28.0×20.0cm
Ed.350
Signed
*Labeled for "Salon de Mei" (1952, Paris)
*Catalogue No.48 (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum)
*Raisonne No.50 (Bijyutsu Shuppan-sha)
SOLD

"Shark and Maldoror"

1951
Copperplate (Aquatint, etching)
Image size: 16.2×11.3cm
Sheet size: 38.0×28.5cm
Ed.350
Signed
*Labeled for "Salon de Mai" (1952, Paris)
*Catalogue No.49 (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum)
*Raisonne No.51 (Bijyutsu Shuppan-sha)
SOLD


"Divided face"

1953
Copperplate (Color)
Image size: 7.5×7.5cm
Sheet size: 18.8×17.1cm
Signed
SOLD

"Town (Crowd)"

1953
Copperplate (Aquatint, color)
Image size: 14.0×15.5cm
Sheet size: 28.5×26.5cm
Ed.25
Signed
*Labeled for "30th Shunyo Art Exhibition" (1953)
*Catalogue No.69 (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum)
*Raisonne No.72 (Bijyutsu Shuppan-sha)
SOLD

"(Work)"

Oil on canvas
32.8×52.8cm (M10)
Signed
SOLD


"French landscape"

1954
Copperplate (Engraving)
Image size: 9.5×6.7cm
Sheet size: 32.6×25.0cm
Ed.50
Signed
*Catalogue No.75 (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum)
*Raisonne No.78 (Bijyutsu Shuppan-sha)
SOLD

"Tree"

1958
Copperplate (Aquatint, dry point)
Image size: 26.0×36.5cm
Sheet size: 32.0×45.5cm
Signed
*Labeled for "3rd Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan" (1958, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum)
*Catalogue No.91 (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum)
*Raisonne No.91 (Bijyutsu Shuppan-sha)
SOLD

"Forest at Night"

1958
Copperplate (Aquatint)
Image size: 21.4×19.2cm
Sheet size: 33.0×25.5cm
Ed.25
Signed
*Labeled for "Japan Contemporary Art Circuit Exhibition in Australia and New Zealand" (1958)
*Catalogue No.99 (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum)
*Raisonne No.101 (Bijyutsu Shuppan-sha)
SOLD


"Minami Gallery Invitation"

1960
Copperplates (Etching)
Image size: 4.0×15.0cm (Each)
Sheet size: 15.0×38.0cm
Ed.37
*Catalogue No.124, 125 (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum)
*Raisonne No.125, 126 (Bijyutsu Shuppan-sha)
SOLD

"Blue House"

1960
Copperplate (Aquatint, color)
Image size: 13.0×18.5cm
Sheet size: 32.5×25.0cm
Ed.12
*Catalogue No.141 (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum)
*Raisonne No.141 (Bijyutsu Shuppan-sha)
SOLD

"Birthday celebration"

1962
Copperplate
Image size: 9.5×7.1cm
Ed.30
Signed
SOLD


<Exhibition page>
100th Anniversary KOMAI Tetsuro Exhibition Part.1 -Artist in young days and Patron-
(Web exhibition / By appointment only)

June. 16 [Tue.]― July. 11 [Sat.] 2020 11:00-19:00


KOMAI Tetsuro(1920-1976)
Born 1920 in Tokyo, Japan. Begun to learn a Copperplate printing from Takeo NISHIDA in 1935. He graduated the Tokyo Art School in 1942. After the World War II he exhibited works as a member of the Nihon Hanga Kyokai (Japanese Print Society) and Shunyokai artists’ association and also contributed prints to a variety of exhibitions. In 1951 he received an award in the first São Paulo Biennale for a representative work of his early period, Momentary Illusion, the same exhibition where Saitô Kiyoshi received an award (and had his breakthrough as an artist) with Steady Gaze. In the following year he was also given an award at the Lugano International Print Biennial. In 1953 he had his first solo exhibition at Shiseido Gallery. From 1954 to 1955 he studied in Paris. The opening exhibition of the Minami Gallery in 1956 was the Tesuro KOMAI Exhibition. From 1972 to 1976, he lectured at the Tokyo University of the Arts. Komai played a significant role in the promotion of Copperplate printing as an art form in the post-war Japan. He died in 1976 at the age of 56.

 


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