Kumagai Morikazu: The Joy of Life
“I hope to live forever,” said Morikazu Kumagai at age 95, in a testament to his love for life and his devotion to his art. Over more than seven decades, the artist experimented with form and style, moving from realistic approaches and almost scientific explorations of figures in low light to the deceptively simple works that he would be known for later in life. While Kumagai is not widely known outside of Japan, his art deserves greater attention, and this is the first retrospective of his work to come to Tokyo in quite a few years.
Image: Cat, 1965, Aichi Prefectural Museum, Teizo Kimura Collection