Masaaki Yamada (1929-2010) Work C.379

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Masaaki Yamada
(1929-2010)
Work C.379

Sold for HK$ 502,500 (US$ 64,623) inc. premium
Masaaki Yamada (1929-2010)
Work C.379
1968-69

signed, dated 1968-69 in both English and Japanese, and affixed with two artist labels on the reverse
oil on canvas

130.3 x 89.4 cm (51 5/16 x 35 3/16 in)

Footnotes

  • We are grateful to the Estate of Yamada Masaaki for confirming the cataloguing of the present work.

    Provenance
    The Artist Collection, Japan
    M. Art, Japan
    Acquired directly from the above by the present owner

    Literature
    MASAAKI YAMADA, Paintings 1950 - 1980, Masaaki Yamada Gashyu Kanko-kai, Tokyo 1981, p. 46, illustrated in color

    山田正亮
    作品C.379
    油彩畫布
    1968-69年作

    背面簽名:山田正亮 一九六八年十一月 六九年
    背面附兩張藝術家標籤

    我們由衷感謝山田正亮遺產管理委員會確認此拍品資料

    來源
    藝術家收藏,日本
    M. Art,日本
    現藏家購自上述來源

    出版
    《山田正亮 繪畫1950-1980》,山田正亮畫集刊行會,東京1981年,第46頁,彩圖

    Beginning his artistic career in 1949 following the horrors of World War II, Masaaki Yamada developed his artistic skills in search for direction and control amidst the chaos of post-war Japan. For over half a century, he devoted himself entirely to art. For Yamada, the creative process was all consuming: "I have to keep working. I have entered into a contract with painting" (the artist in: Kazuo Nakabayashi Ed., Endless: The Paintings of Yamada Masaaki, Tokyo, 2016, title page). Repetition, precision, and basic components of lines and colors are central to his oeuvre.

    Yamada's work is generally split into three distinct groups: Still-life, Work and Colour. Presented here is a work from his second and longest period, which stretched from 1956 until 1997, and is recognized as the core of his career. Through even applications of paint, Yamada renders his works with a strong philosophical approach, carried through with an intellectual, meditative and repetitive continuous working process that valued high volume production. Through his methodology, his entire artistic oeuvre can be read as one meta-painting, with each work representing a singular moment in the process.

    Executed in 1968-69, Work C.379 reveals a nuance of texture and brushstroke layered through Yamada's rhythmic repetition. At the first glance, the work seems almost mechanical with its simple palette of two to three colors, but closer inspection reveals multiple variations of tones that pulse with an inner power, conveying a sense of spirituality, balance and coherence, which sits at the core of Yamada's lifelong dedication to art. Embodying a point in Japanese history of art, Yamada's works remain hugely influential in the art historical canon while maintaining enthralling and contemporary today.

    山田正亮的藝術生涯始於世界二次大戰結束後的一九四九年,在當時日本混亂的戰後環境之中,展開對藝術方向和規律性的追尋之旅。超過半個世紀以來,山田正亮在創作上努力不懈,對他而言創作是一件必須全心全意投入的過程:「我得持續不斷的創作,像是與繪畫簽下了合約一般」(出處:中林和雄,《無盡:山田正亮的繪畫》,2016:東京,書名頁)。重複性的手法、精準的掌控力和線條與色彩的基本元素是山田正亮的核心特色。

    山田正亮的創作一般而言可分為三大系列:「靜物」、「作品」與「色彩」。此次展出的作品出自他第二個也是最長的創作階段,此階段從一九五六年延續至一九九七年,是他藝術生涯最重要的一段時間。山田正亮以均勻的上色工序賦予作品強烈的哲學內涵,透過思考、冥想和持續重複的繪畫勞力生產出大量的作品。基於如此特別的創作方式,他的整個藝術創作可在宏觀的意義上視為一件大作,每件作品都代表創作歷程中的單一時刻。

    作於1968-69年,《作品C.379》微妙的質感和筆觸透露出藝術家富有韻律的重複性手法。乍看之下似乎是機械性的,只簡潔的用到二到三種顏色,仔細端詳之後則不難發現其內在張力與豐富多元的色彩,同時傳遞出靈性、平衡和均一的特質,這些都是山田正亮畢生致力於達到的目標。山田正亮的創作是日本藝術史上一個獨特的典範,作為藝術史上極有影響力的大師級作品,這些作品仍在今日展現驚人的魅力。
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