Abstract Basketry

FUJINO Kazutomo (Tokyo/1928-Tokyo/1980)
oil on canvas 162.5x131.0cm

Felled by disease in his mid thirties, the interrupted oeuvre of Fujino Kazutomo is pervaded by a mysterious style based in Surrealism and avant-garde arts as he focused on the illogic of the human subconscious. This work dating from the end of his life shows a sleeping nude female with an enraptured expression, stretched out on a bed or operating table. The morning sun shines into the exposed cavities of her body where we can see the forms of innocently brutal children, and the black-draped forms of men and nude women acting out the obscure rites of an absurdist drama. This coolly erotic depiction of the human sentiments hidden within a beautiful nude female body stands as one culmination of Fujino's arts achieved during his brief life.

Aoki, Shigeru
Brancusi, Constantin
Chagall, Marc
Collin, Louis-Joseph-Raphaël
Delvaux, Paul
Dubuffet, Jean
Flanagan, Barry
Fujino, Kazutomo
Kapoor, Anish
Matsumoto, Shunsuke
Migishi, Kotaro
Miro, Joan
Rothko, Mark
Saito, Yoshishige
Stella, Frank
Tomita, Keisen
Warhol, Andy
Yoshida, Hiroshi