• Through a Collector's Eye: The auction at Christies

    Sale 14498

    Through a Collector's Eye: The Kenzo Kagami Collection of Postwar Japanese Art

    11 October 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 8

    Hisao Domoto (1928 - 2013)

    Peinture (Picture)


    Hisao Domoto (1928 - 2013)
    Peinture (Picture)
    signed Domoto (lower right)
    signed, dated and inscribed in Japanese and English Domoto Hisao, Paris, 1956 (on the reverse)
    oil and mixed media on canvas
    97 x 130 cm.
    Painted in 1956

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    A contemporary of Toshimitsu Imai, Hisao Domoto was born in Kyoto and went on to study Nihonga (traditional style Japanese painting) at Kyoto Municipal Art School. He exhibited in the Nihonga section at Nitten in 1948-1954, winning the Grand Prix in 1951 and 1953. In 1955, he moved to Paris and started to paint in oil, having a one-man show at Galerie Stadler in Paris in 1957. Throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s he exhibited widely in Europe, USA and Japan.
    This work is amongst Domoto’s earliest paintings in the style of Art Informel, however one can see he incorporated influences from his earlier training in traditional Japanese ink painting. A striking feature of this work is the wide range of applications of material to canvas; dynamically sweeping brushstrokes and drips, combined with heavily impasted areas of thick paint, along with the application of further three-dimensional elements - including gauze, creating a rhythmically-charged impression of dynamic flux.
    For a similar work dated 1957 in the collection of The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, go to:http:/search.artmuseums.go.jp/search_e/records.php?sakuhin=156380

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    Collection Rodolphe Stadler

    Pre-Lot Text

    Through A Collector's Eye: The Kenzo Kagami Collection of Post-War Japanese Art


    Seibu Museum of Art, Domoto Hisao, 30 Years, exhibition catalogue, (Tokyo, 1987), cat. no. 1
    The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma and The Museum of Art, Ehime, Through a Collectors Eye: Japanese Art after 1945, exhibition catalogue, (Japan, 2001), cat. no. 17, p. 38


    1987: Domoto Hisao, 30 Years, Seibu Art Museum, Tokyo
    2001 - 2002: Through a Collectors Eye: Japanese Art after 1945, The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma and The Museum of Art, Ehime