Blue No. 1

Reference#: T1640
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.







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