BLUE NO. 1
by Yutaka Ohashi (Japanese 1923-1989)
Oil on canvas with gold leaf
signed Ohashi (lr); signed Yutaka Ohashi, dated 1957, and inscribed as titled on reverse
Height: 46 1/2 inches (118.1 cm.)
Length: 34 1/2 inches (87.6 cm.)
Tokyo Academy of Fine Arts
Boston Museum School of Fine Arts
Awards & Fellowships:
“Salon de Printemps” of Tokyo Award 1950,
William Paige Traveling Scholarship, Museum of Fine Art, Boston,
1955-57, creative painting in Europe
John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 1959-1960, creative painting in Japan.
In the Guggenheim Collection
Permanent resident of the United States
Ohashi is part of the group of Japanese Abstract Expressionists who lived and worked in America in the 1950-70s. He is known in particular for his collage paintings, layering semi transparent rice paper and oil paint to create textural blocks and changing registers of density to large, encompassing abstract forms. He plays with the power of negative space and adds occasional highlights in gold leaf in his compositions.