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Sugai Kumi's real work as a painter began in 1952 after his move to Paris. At that time, Art Informel was at its peak in Paris and Sugai's abstract paintings were highly acclaimed for their rich expression of Japanese sensibility. Sugai then began to develop his own unique style of painting, which drew upon the indigenous Japanese spirit as its source and which was characterized by rough brush strokes and a rich surface texture (matière), and became a leader in the Informel painting movement in Japan. In this work the combination of the three colors red, black, and white as well as of the rectangular and circular shapes and lines is clear and simple and the work seems at first glance to be a typical Western abstract painting. However, in Paris this effort was highly praised for its success in combining Japanese tradition with a universality that identifies it with Western art.
Festival 1960

SUGAI Kumi (Hyogo/1919-Hyogo/1996) oil on canvas 146.7x114.3cm

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Dali, Salvador
Fujimori, Shizuo
Kikuhata, Mokuma
Kojima, Zenzaburo
Kollwitz, Käthe
Kusama, Yayoi
Paik, Nam June
Sakamoto, Hanjiro
Sakurai, Takami
Segal, George
Shiraga, Kazuo
Staël, Nicolas de
Sugai, Kumi
Tàpies, Antoni
Tasaki, Hirosuke
Tinguely, Jean
Yanagi, Miwa
Yoshihara, Jiro
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