Masao TSURUOKA (1907-1979)

 

 

Born in Takasaki, Gunma. 1922, entered the Taihei Yogakai Research Center, where he became friends with Ai-mitsu and Inoue Chosaburo. 1928, voiced opposition to the conservative research center and was expelled, after which he and Inoue formed the Kogen kai. 1930, participated in the establishment of the NOVA Artists Association. Participated in left wing movements for a time, but became disillusioned and left. 1937, disbanded NOVA Artists Associations due to increasing interference by the authorities. Drafted and deployed to China, and returned to Japan in 1940. As part of the draft, continued to work on construction as well as as security until the end of the war.

 

1943, with the invitation of Inoue Chozaburo, established the Shinjin Gakai
with Inoue, Ai-mitsu, Aso Saburo, and Matsumoto Shunsuke; they held three exhibitions at galleries such as Ginza’s Shiseido Gallery. 1945, lost most of his works
in the Tokyo air raids. 1947, with the other members of the Shinjin Gakai, entered Jiyu Bijutsu Kyokai. Along with his representative work “Heavy hand” (1949),
inspired by people wandering through the city, Onchi gained attention for his humanist works based on the bewildered people and society of the post-war world.
He developed a unique style of painting not limited to abstract works which surprised viewers from every angle with witty jokes and irony.

 


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Pastel on paper
37.7x26.6cm
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