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    Sale 12517

    Asian 20th Century Art (Day Sale)

    29 May 2016, Convention Hall

  • Lot 407

    RYUZABURO UMEHARA (Japanese, 1888-1986)

    Villa in Enoura

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    RYUZABURO UMEHARA (Japanese, 1888-1986)
    Villa in Enoura
    oil on canvas
    47 x 57 cm. (18 1/2 x 22 1/2 in.)
    Painted in 1925

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    Born in Kyoto in 1888, at his 15-year-old, Ryuzaburo Umehara started to study painting with renowned Western painting artist of Meiji Time, Asai Chu, then in 1908 pursued study abroad in France and later was taken in by great master in impressionist painting, Pierre-Auguste Renoir as student. After his return to Japan, Umehara promoted the domestication (Japanization) of western painting with his works blending impressionist light and shadow, fauvist colours and traditional Japanese art. Villa in Enoura (Lot 407) presents intense colour contrast with bright colours such as cardinal red, canary yellow and emerald green. The short stonewalling and exuberant branches and leaves depicted by vigorous and thick lines reveals the early sign for his emphasis on the weight of round
    brushstrokes and halo in the afterwards works. While the appearance of home and figures are expressed in simple brushstrokes, presenting a quality of unadorned beauty and interest, which demonstrates artist’s deviation from pure objective painting and an introduction of subjective understanding and emotion.


    Private Collection, Asia


    Atelier Publishing, Oil Painting Collection selected by Ryuzaburo Umehara, Atelier 3 Ed. Japan, 1926 (illustrated, pp.35, 36)
    Central Bijutsu, Oil Painting Collection selected by Ryuzaburo Umehara, Japan, 1926 (illustrated, p.88)
    The National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo), The National Museum of Modern Art (Kyoto), The Asahi Shimbun, Ryuzaburo Umehara Retrospective, Japan, 1988 (illustrated)


    Kyoto, Japan, The 5th Kokuga Creative Painting Association Exhibition, 1925
    Japan, The Kokuga 30th Anniversary Exhibition, 1956
    Tokyo, Japan, Ryuzaburo Umehara Retrospective Exhibition, Tokyo National Art Museum, 1988