Laugh Off This Hopeless World: Fukuzawa Ichiro
Fukuzawa Ichiro (1898-1992) was a painter who played a central role in the avant-garde art movement before and after World War II. In the 1930s he introduced French Surrealism to Japan, and produced a series of paintings with symbolic messages of social criticism. Although oppressed during war, the artist worked on large paintings of crowds of people from a social-critical perspective after the war, earning a Cultural Medal late in his life.
While maintaining a social perspective, Fukuzawa generalized issues by occasionally quoting classical paintings and treating social problems freely with intellectual humor, instead of advocating a rigid ideology. Presenting 90 paintings including Oxen (1936), one of his representative works, this exhibition reviews his work from today’s perspective, and consider the relationship between art and society.
Image: Agitator. 1931, FUKUZAWA Ichiro Memorial Foundation