Ichiro FUKUZAWA (1898-1992)

Born 1989 (Meiji 31) in Tomioka Town (currently Tomioka City), Kitakanragun, Gunma Prefecture. His father would later become the mayor of Tomioka Town. Fukuzawa entered the literature department of Tokyo Imperial University, but he rarely went to school and instead entered the studio of Asakura Fumio, intent on becoming a sculptor.

First accepted into the Imperial Exhibition in its 4th round in 1922 with his sculpture work, "Suikan". Traveled to France in 1924. Created works influenced by Giorgio de Chirico and Max Ernst. Sent a shock through the art world when the 1931 1st Independent Art Association Exhition selected a work he created in Europe for its special display. When he returned to Japan, he introduced surrealism to the nation and continued to make sharply satirical works, and became a central figure in the avant-garde movement.

Left the Independent Art Association in 1939 and founded the Arts Culture Association. In April 1941, he was arrested for disobeying the Peace Preservation Law along with Takuguchi Shuzo.

After the war, he continued creating large works critical of society, and he also traveled around the world, creating works showing the livelihood of the people of those regions.

With his heavy human expressions born from his powerful use of colors, sturdy expression, rich compositions, all pierced through with a dry, sharp satirical wit, Fukuzawa is a special singular light in the history of Western painting in Japan.

Began working with hanga in the 1950s, ultimately creating around 150 lithographs and copperplate prints. Taught at Tama Art University and Joshibi University of Art and Design. Awarded Order of Culture in 1991. Passed away in 1992 (Heisei 4).

 


"Figure (Mexico)"

1957
Lithograph
Image size: 58.0×43.0cm
Sheet size: 75.0×56.0cm
Ed.100
Signed
※『 Ichiro Fukuzawa Hanga Collection』(Reifu Shobo 2002)No.11
※Printed by: Ooya Kanzaemon
※Publisher:Hanga Tomo no Kai



"Face"

1955
Lithograph
Image size: 33.0×23.0cm
Sheet size: 35.0×25.0cm
Ed.100
Signed
※『 Ichiro Fukuzawa Hanga Collection』(Reifu Shobo 2002)No.3



"Title unknown"

c. 1958
Lithograph
Image size: 26.0×18.0cm
Sheet size: 37.5×28.0cm
Ed.100
Signed

 


"Woman Wearing a Veil"

1958
Lithograph
Image size: 24.0×17.5cm
Sheet size: 38.0×28.0cm
Ed.100
Signed
※『 Ichiro Fukuzawa Hanga Collection』(Reifu Shobo 2002)No.15
※Printed by: Ooya Kanzaemon



"Island at Night"

1956
Lithograph
Image size: 56.0×44.0cm
Sheet size: 64.0×45.0cm
Ed.100
Signed
※『 Ichiro Fukuzawa Hanga Collection』(Reifu Shobo 2002)No.9
※Printed by: Toneyama Kojin
※Publisher: Hanga Tomo no Kai
※Exhibited at the 1st Tokyo International Biennale



""Fluttering Red Muleta" from the lithograph series "Spanish Bullfight""

1979
Lithograph on arches paper
Image size: 56.0×50.0cm
Sheet size: 76.0×56.0cm
Ed.175
Signed
※『 Ichiro Fukuzawa Hanga Collection』(Reifu Shobo 2002)No.80
※Printed by: Mori Hanga Kobo
※Publisher: Gendai Hanga Center

 


""Bullfight" from the lithograph collection "Spanish Bullfight""

1979
Lithograph on arches paper
Image size: 42.0×57.0cm
Sheet size: 56.0×76.0cm
Ed.175
Signed
※『 Ichiro Fukuzawa Hanga Collection』(Reifu Shobo 2002)No.78
※Printed by: Mori Hanga Kobo
※Publisher: Gendai Hanga Center



"
Alternate print of "Bullfight" from the lithograph collection "Spanish Bullfight""
c.
1979
Lithograph on Japanese paper
Image size: 42.0×58.0cm
Sheet size: 57.0×77.0cm
Ed.5
Signed
※alternate print of『 Ichiro Fukuzawa Hanga Collection』(Reifu Shobo 2002)No.78
※Printed by: Mori Hanga Kobo
※Publisher: Gendai Hanga Center



"Pan Pursuing a Nymph"

1979
Lithograph on arches paper
Image size: 80.0×60.5cm
Sheet size: 80.0×60.5cm
Ed.75
Signed
※『 Ichiro Fukuzawa Hanga Collection』(Reifu Shobo 2002)No.75
※Printed by: Atelier MMG
※Publisher: Gendai Hanga Center
※MMG printed by MMG under the title "Centaur"

 


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