• 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 20

    Yae Asano (1914 - 1996)

    Work

    Estimate

    Yae Asano (1914 - 1996)
    Work
    signed and dated Yae Asano '75 (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    96.5 x 145.5 cm.
    Painted in 1975


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    Asano was born in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, in 1914. After graduating from high school, he joined army from 1932 and was sent to Manchuria for one year. In 1933, returning to Japan, he started to paint abstract works, having been influenced by Riichi Noda (1907-1987), a poet and art critic who lived next door.

    Largely self-taught, he developed his own unique abstract style free from conventional values that might come from an academic training. In 1957 he started to produce works using hikkaki (scratching) method where he applied multiple paint layers, then scratched into the top surface before it dried, producing intricate designs. Rhythmic lines produce a lyrical and contemplative composition. For a similar work in The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, (Untitled, 1975) (go to: http:/search.artmuseums.go.jp/search_e/records.php?sakuhin=155828). His work has also entered many museum collections including The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Mie Prefectural Art Museum and The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama.

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    Provenance

    Sakura Gallery, Nagoya


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    Pre-Lot Text

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


    Literature

    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. 65, p. 81


    Exhibited

    2001 - 2002: Through a Collectors Eye: Japanese Art after 1945, The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma and The Museum of Art, Ehime