Shunsuke MATSUMOTO

Shunsuke MATSUMOTO (born Shunsuke SATO) was born in Tokyo in 1912. He moved to Iwate Prefecture when he was 2 and grew up in the city of Morioka. He changed his name to MATSUMOTO when he married Teiko MATSUMOTO in 1936.
MATSUMOTO aspired to become an artist after he lost his hearing upon entering middle school. One of his classmates was Yasutake FUNAKOSHI. After dropping out of middle school in 1929, he moved to Tokyo, where he began to attend the Taihei Yogaka Institute. In 1935 he joined the avant garde group NOVA, and exhibited for the first time at the Nika Exhibition. The next year, he married Teiko, and together they founded the magazine “Zakkicho”. Participants included Fumiko HAYASHI, Tatsuoki NAMBATA, Kotaro TAKAMURA, and Sakutaro HAGIWARA, who published essays, and Tsuguharu FOUJITA, Masao TSURUOKA, Saburo ASO, who published dessans and frontispieces. He had his first solo exhibition at Nichido Gallery in Ginza in 1940. In 1941, his essay, “Living Artists,” a response to the discussion piece “The Military State and Art” from the January issue of the art magazine Mizue, was published in its April issue. In the same year, he participated in “Yasutake Funakoshi・Shunsuke Matsumoto Exhibition” was held at Kawatoku Gallery in Morioka.

During wartime, in 1943, he began the Shinjin Gakai with 8 members starting with Aimitsu, Saburo ASO, and Masaaki TERADA; they managed to hold 3 exhibitions. Postwar, in 1946, MATSUMOTO advocated for artists unions and encouraged the revival of the artists of Japan who sank from the stress of war. In 1947 he and the other members of the Shinjin Gakai joined the Jiyuu Bijutsu Kyokai; in the following year of 1948 he exhibited the pieces “Sculpture and Woman” and “Building” at a Mainichi Shimbun exhibition - these were to be his last works, and his short life of 36 years would come to an end.

 


"Child with a cup"

1942
Oil on panel
35.5×27.5cm
Signed
*"Matsumoto Shunsuke" (Heibonsha, 1963) No.56
*"Matsumoto Shunsuke Oil Paintings" (Sogo Kobo, 1978) No.100
*"110th Anniversary Matsumoto Shunsuke Exhibition" catalogue (Watanuki Ltd., 2022) p.12, No.1
SOLD
   

 


"Figure"

c.1947
Ink on paper
Image size: 36.8×25.7cm
Sheet size: 39.5×27.3cm
*"Shunsuke MATSUMOTO Exhibition" catalogue (Watanuki Ltd., 2012) p.10, No.18

"Figure"

1947
Ink, Brush and Pen on paper
Image size: 34.5×25.6cm
Sheet size: 39.0×27.6cm
*"Matsumoto Shunsuke Sobyou (Shunsuke Matsumoto Sketches)" (Sogo Kobo Inc., 1977) p.121
*"Shunsuke MATSUMOTO Exhibition" catalogue (Watanuki Ltd., 2012) p.10, No.19
 

 


"Profile of a woman (2)"

c.1945
Ink and India ink on paper
Image size: 25.5×19.0cm
Sheet size: 27.3×19.7cm
*"Shunsuke MATSUMOTO" catalogue (Nantenshi Gallery, 1997) p.19
*"Shunsuke MATSUMOTO Exhibition" catalogue (Watanuki Ltd., 2012) p.11, No.20

"Untitled"

1945
Pen on paper, watercolor
Image size:16.0×12.0cm
Sheet size:27.5×20.0cm
Signed
*Exhibited at "Matsumoto Shunsuke Exhibition" (Nantenshi Gallery, 1978)

"Figure"

1946
Ink and Japanese ink on paper
Image size: 24.5×17.5cm
Sheet size: 28.0×19.0cm

*"Matsumoto Shunsuke and His Time" catalogue (Okawa Museum of Art, 2011) p.34 No.68
*"70 Year Post-Mortem - Shunsuke MATSUMOTO Exhibition" catalogue (Watanuki Ltd., 2018) p.7, No.3

 


"Face (1)"

c.1947
Ink, Japanese ink on paper
Image size: 9.5×9.6cm
Sheet size: 13.8×9.6cm
Stamp signed
*"110th Anniversary Matsumoto Shunsuke Exhibition" catalogue (Watanuki Ltd., 2022) p.22, No.7

"Face (2)"

c.1947
Ink on paper
Image size: 9.5×6.8cm
Sheet size: 13.5×9.5cm
Stamp signed
*"110th Anniversary Matsumoto Shunsuke Exhibition" catalogue (Watanuki Ltd., 2022) p.22, No.8

"Face (3)"

c.1947
Ink on paper
Image size: 11.5×8.2cm
Sheet size: 13.5×9.8cm
Stamp signed
*"110th Anniversary Matsumoto Shunsuke Exhibition" catalogue (Watanuki Ltd., 2022) p.23, No.9

 


"Face (4)"

c.1947
Ink on paper
Image size: 10.5×7.5cm
Sheet size: 13.8×9.8cm
Stamp signed
*"110th Anniversary Matsumoto Shunsuke Exhibition" catalogue (Watanuki Ltd., 2022) p.24, No.10

 


"Work"

Pen on paper
Image size: 19.8×14.5cm
Sheet size: 26.0×18.2cm
*"110th Anniversary Matsumoto Shunsuke Exhibition" catalogue (Watanuki Ltd., 2022) p.25, No.11

 


"Work"

Pen on paper
Image size: 19.8×14.5cm
Sheet size: 26.0×18.2cm
*"110th Anniversary Matsumoto Shunsuke Exhibition" catalogue (Watanuki Ltd., 2022) p.26, No.12

 


"Figure (W)"

1942
Pencil on paper
Image size: 23.5×20.5cm
Sheet size: 27.5×22.5cm
*"Matsumoto Shunsuke and Zakkicho" catalogue (Watanuki Ltd., 2019) p.10, No.2


"Work"

Pencil on paper
Image size: 22.5×25.2cm
Sheet size: 28.5×37.5cm
*"Matsumoto Shunsuke and Zakkicho" catalogue (Watanuki Ltd., 2019) p.20, No.8


"Work"

Pencil and watercolor on paper
Image size: 20.0×30.0cm
Sheet size: 28.6×41.7cm
*"Matsumoto Shunsuke and Zakkicho" catalogue (Watanuki Ltd., 2019) p.16, No.6

 


"Work"

Pen on paper
Image size:20.5×29.5cm
Sheet size:22.7×30.3cm
*"70 Year Post-Mortem - Shunsuke MATSUMOTO Exhibition" catalogue (Watanuki Ltd., 2018) p.12, No.8

 


"Figure (W)"

Pencil and watercolor on paper
Image size:  22.0×16.0cm
Sheet size: 26.8×18.2cm
*"Matsumoto Shunsuke and Zakkicho" catalogue (Watanuki Ltd., 2019) p.12, No.3



"Work"

Pen, chalk, and watercolor on paper
Image size: 21.0×26.0cm
Sheet size: 25.0×29.2cm
*"Matsumoto Shunsuke and Zakkicho" catalogue (Watanuki Ltd., 2019) p.18, No.7
SOLD

 


"Work"

c.1936
Ink on paper
Image size: 18.0×25.3cm
Sheet size: 19.8×27.4cm
Stamp signed

*"Zakkicho" December edition (3) (Sogo Kobo, 1936) p.21
*"Matsumoto Shunsuke and Zakkicho" catalogue (Watanuki Ltd., 2019) p.8, No.1

SOLD


"Ancient Architecture"

1946
Ink, watercolor on paper
Image size:16.9×11.8cm
Sheet size:20.3×14.0cm

*"Shunsuke MATSUMOTO Exhibition" catalogue (Watanuki Ltd., 2012) p.3, No.1
SOLD

"Landscape and Figure"

1948
Ink and Japanese ink on paper
Image size: 17.0×25.0cm
Sheet size: 19.9×27.3cm
Signed
*"Shunsuke MATSUMOTO" catalogue (Nantenshi Gallery, 1997) p.17, No.46
SOLD

 

 


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 Exhibitions

2022
No.341)    110th Anniversary Matsumoto Shunsuke Exhibition    5/10 - 5/28


2019
No.315)    Matsumoto Shunsuke and Zakkicho    10/8 - 10/26


2018
No.299)    70 Year Post-Mortem - Shunsuke MATSUMOTO Exhibition    5/8 - 6/2


2012-2013

No.231)    Shunsuke MATSUMOTO Exhibition     Part 1: 2012/12/14 - 2012/12/29
Part 2: 2013/1/9 - 2013/1/19


2009
No.171)    Gallery exhibition: Q Ei and 8 Painters of his Period    2/6 - 2/28