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Yoichiro Iwai "Morning in May of Yoshino Mountain"

[Morning of Yoshinoyama in May]  1958.

At first glance, "black-rimmed" forest trees reminiscent of Georges Rouault. Is the lake over there? And the back is Mt. Yoshino.
The title reminds me of the refreshing mountain scenery after the cherry blossoms of Yoshino's famous cherry blossoms. This painting is colored with intense colors and intense touches. The subjective feeling that my heart felt without being bound by drawing or composition was "It was painted as it is". It is a painting that gives a dramatic impact to the viewer.

We often get the impression that the artist was baptized by Fauvism and was particularly inspired by Rouault, but when I look at the other works by Iwai, this is the only Rouault-like painting, and I feel the influence of Matisse even in the same Fauvism. 
Perhaps it was a time when he was trying various methods.

In any case, there is something remarkable about the beauty of coloring, and at the same time, something amazing that only "Meiji-born" painters can convey is transmitted from the screen, and it is definitely one of Iwai's masterpieces.
I hung this painting up in the store for a while and made it entertaining, but most of the people who are interested in the painting praise it as a "good painting." I think he should be evaluated more and more in the future.


◆ Picture: width 30,3 cm, height 39,5 cm.
Amount: Width 49,5 cm, height 58,5 cm.
There are cracks on the screen over the years, and there is a slight hit on the forehead.

Since the canvas fits tightly into the inner frame of the forehead and cannot be removed, I am shooting with the glass fitted. Therefore, please understand that there is some reflection when you look closely.

* Yaichiro Iwai
From 1898 (Meiji 31) to 1968 (Showa 43). 69 years old.
Born in Katsushika County, Saitama Prefecture (currently around Kasukabe City). Self-taught for the first time in the Shinko Western Painting Exhibition in 1923. The following year, he studied under Torao Makino, who was a judge for the Tei Exhibition, and was frequently selected for the Tei-ten Exhibition. Known as a "barber painter" because he ran a barber shop. After that, he participated in the founding of Ougensha, and after the war, established a one-line art society and provided guidance for the next generation. After Nikko was established, he served as a judge and a councilor. I was good at landscapes and still life paintings using natural realistic drawing.

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