Saburo Hasegawa

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Saburo Hasegawa
Hasegawa Saburô.jpg
Born1906
Died1957
NationalityJapanese
Alma materTokyo University of the Arts
Known forpainting
Styleabstraction, calligraphy

Saburo Hasegawa (長谷川 三郎, Hasegawa Saburō, 1906-1957) was a Japanese calligrapher, painter and early advocate of abstraction.

Early life and education[edit]

Saburo Hasegawa was born in Chōfu, Tokyo. In 1926, he graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts with a thesis on Sesshū Tōyō.[1] During this time he also studied under Narashige Koide in Osaka. From 1929 to 1932, he traveled to the United States and to Paris, where he exhibited at the Salon d'Automne.

Work[edit]

In his paintings, Hasegawa merged the gesturalism of Japanese calligraphy, of which he was a master, with the spontaneity of Western abstraction.[2] Isamu Noguchi introduced Hasegawa to the paintings of Franz Kline, which Hasegawa published in the monthly journal Bokubi (墨美, Beauty of Ink) published by Morita Shiryu of the Bokujinkai calligraphy group.[3] Hasegawa wrote extensively on European modernism, and he introduced Japanese artists to surrealism and abstract expressionism.[4]

Collections[edit]

Hasegawa's work is held in permanent collections including:

In 1955, Hasegawa was a visiting professor at the California College of Arts and Crafts, where he lectured on the history of art in the Far East and on Zen. He died in San Francisco in 1957.[6]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Turner, Jane (editor), The Dictionary of Art, Macmillan Publishers Ltd., London, 1996, ISBN 1884446000, Vol 14, p. 213
  2. ^ Papanikolas, Theresa and Stephen Salel, Stephen, Abstract Expressionism, Looking East from the Far West, Honolulu Museum of Art, 2017, ISBN 9780937426920, p. 17
  3. ^ Papanikolas, Theresa and Stephen Salel, Stephen, Abstract Expressionism, Looking East from the Far West, Honolulu Museum of Art, 2017, ISBN 9780937426920, p. 14
  4. ^ Papanikolas, Theresa and Stephen Salel, Stephen, Abstract Expressionism, Looking East from the Far West, Honolulu Museum of Art, 2017, ISBN 9780937426920, p. 17
  5. ^ "Works in the Collection: Saburo Hasegawa". SFMOMA. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  6. ^ Dictionnaire critique & documentaire des peintres sculpteurs dessinateurs & graveurs. Gründ, Hilmarton Manor Press. 1999, p. 788

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