Hiroshi Fujimatsu (藤松 博 1922–1996) was one of the most active painters during the postwar years of Japanese art. His work was first recognised by the major Japanese modern art critic, Shuzo Takiguchi, who popularised Fujimatsu in Japan's wider art circles. Although the artist's style varies across works, the artist's calm and frank disposition is a unique constant, which manifests in all his paintings.Read More
Following the war, many Japanese artists, including Fujimatsu, craved new methods of expression and turned their attention to trends in Western art. During which the 'Yomiuri Independent' exhibitions, described a place where you could encounter new forms of expression, which began in 1949, became a major event. In the 1950s, Fujimatsu continued to exhibiting and experimenting with various styles. Despite receiving much praise from numerous art critics, such as the eminent Shuzo Takiguchi, the artist left for New York. Remaining for two years, Fujimatsu aimed to develop his own, original style. His aesthetic continued its evolution following his return to Japan with his iconic series that focused on the shape of bodies.
His comprehensive oeuvre is a testament to the incredible journey the artist undertook throughout his career that further highlights the artist's love of growth and experimentation. In 1996, the artist passed away at 74 years old. His works were exhibited posthumously at the Matsumoto City Museum of Art in 2013 and Kashima Arts and Gallery Kawafune in 2017.
Text courtesy √K Contemporary.