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White Circle 1970

YOSHIHARA Jiro
(Osaka/1905-Hyogo/1972)
acrylic on canvas
194.3x258.6cm
Yoshihara is known as the leader of the "Gutai" group - a group of internationally acclaimed avant-garde artists representative of Japan's post-war art world. He worked in surrealist and abstract expressionist painting styles before turning, in his final years, to the repeated depiction of circles reminiscent of "satori," the enlightenment of Zen. This white circle made by leaving the canvas unpainted while painting the background black, is one in a series of works on this theme. When asked about his circles, Yoshihara said that he could not manage to paint even one circle with satisfaction, an indication of the depths of his pursuit of this form. Indeed, no two of his circles are shaped exactly alike.

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