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

    11 October 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 18

    Zenzo Sakamoto (1911 - 1987)

    Work 1 (Form)

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    Zenzo Sakamoto (1911 - 1987)
    Work 1 (Form)
    signed and dated Zenzo, 65 (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    162 x 130.5 cm.
    Painted in 1965

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    Zenzo Sakamoto was born in Kumamoto Prefecture, Kyushu, in 1911. He studied yoga (Western-style painting) at Teikoku Art School in Tokyo from 1931 to 1934. After serving in the military from 1935 to 1946, he returned Kumamoto and devoted himself to painting still lifes. In 1949, he became a member of Dokuritsu bijutsu kyokai (Independent Art Association) and his works were exhibited regularly in Dokuritsu-ten (Independent Art Association exhibitions).

    Sakamoto visited Europe from 1957 to 1959. The strong presence and solid construction of European architecture inspired the artist, and his painting style changed, becoming simpler and abstract. After returning to Kumamoto, he continued to produce abstract paintings but also incorporating elements of Japanese culture and climate. He started to use various shades of grey, the colour for which the artist would become known. Muted tones of white, grey and black create a deep and quiet ambience in his works. He was awarded twice at the Dokuritsu-ten in 1965 and 1967.

    Sakamoto’s works were exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions including Sakamoto Zenzo ten at Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art in 1985 and a retrospective exhibition Zenzo Sakamoto at Nerima Art Museum in Tokyo from 1997-98. About 500 works are housed in Sakamoto Zenzo Museum of Art in Kumamoto today and other works have also entered various museum collections including Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art and Fukuoka Art Museum. For a work titled Solidarity, 1967 in The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, go to: http:/search.artmuseums.go.jp/search_e/records.php?sakuhin=5070

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    Pre-Lot Text

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


    Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art, Sakamoto Zenzo ten, exhibition catalogue, (Japan, 1985), cat. no. 33
    Sakamoto Zenzo sakuhin shu (Sakamoto Zenzo Works 1962-1976), (Tokyo, 1976), no. 14
    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. 59, p. 77


    1965: 33rd Independent Exhibition (Dokuritsu ken) (awarded the Kojima Prize), Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and others
    1985: Sakamoto Zenzo ten, Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art
    1997 - 1998: 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition, Sakamoto Zenzo Exhibition, Nerima Art Museum, Tokyo and others
    2001 - 2002: Through a Collectors Eye: Japanese Art after 1945, The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma and The Museum of Art, Ehime