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Fumio Kitaoka, 1918-2007

Item # 55495 - Fishing Village of Hokuriku - Sold for $150 - 6/9/2013
"Hokuriku no Gyoson: A Fishing Village in Hokuriku area (The north side of the Honshu Island).
By Fumio Kitaoka 1918-2007

Fumio Kitaoka is one of the most versatile Japanese artists of the twentieth century. He covers a wide span of different styles from realistic to abstract, from black and white to strong colors. And he used different techniques - traditional Japanese woodcut and European wood engraving.

Woodcuts (Woodblocks) - Wood Engraving

For a description of the technical process of wood engraving, please refer to printmaking and for a description how a traditional Japanese woodblock print is made, to Japanese prints.

Fumio Kitaoka - torn between East and West

Fumio Kitaoka was born in Tokyo where he studied at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts - printmaking and oil painting. One of his teachers was Hiratsuka Unichi. During his art training he experienced a lot of different styles - from traditional Japanese printmaking to Western painting.

A Japanese Student in Paris ...

In 1955 Kitaoka went to Paris to study wood engraving at the famous Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts Francaise - the French National School of Fine Arts. He stayed in Paris until 1956.

... and a Japanese Professor in the U.S.A.

Ten years later the next landmark in the career of the artist was the United States. But now he had changed places. He taught printmaking at the Minneapolis Museum School of Art from 1964 to 1965 and at the Pratt Graphic Arts Center in New York.

Kitaoka Fumio exhibited in International biennales in Asia, America and Europe. His woodcuts are to be found in major collections of such great museums like the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Literature sources used for this Fumio Kitaoka biography

Helen Merritt and Nanako Yamada, "Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975", published by University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, ISBN 0-8248-1732-X.

Dieter WanczuraAuthor: Dieter Wanczura