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重い手

Heavy Hand 重い手

TSURUOKA Masao 鶴岡 政男

A man sits with his head down, with his huge bloated hands thrown in front of him in an interior with bare concrete beams. Another huge hand is weighing heavily down upon his shoulders, ready to crush him at any moment, but his hronze-colored limbs, looking strong and suffused with undefeatable will for life, resists the formidable weight. This painting, which is said to have been inspired by the homeless taking refuge in the underground passageways in Uerio, is acclaimed as a masterpiece which aptly captures the spirtures oppression felt by the Japanese in the postwar era. Here the artist does not simply present the despair of the oppressed, but uses the Cubistic structures in the background as a symbol of the authorities, in which the Expressionistic living flesh is placed to stand for the human existence in bold struggle against the harsh environment. And it also symbolizes the life history of the artist himself, who through his years of poverty never gave up painting and formed the "Shinjinga-kai" group in rebellion against the wartime control on artists. Later, as a member of the "Jiyu Bijutsu Kyokai",Tsuruoka turned from figurative painting to abstraction employing human figures satirically reduced to signs and codes, but he never ceased to investigate the human existence within a reality that was full of injustices.rnrnrn
Collection of
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Title
Heavy Hand
Artist Name
TSURUOKA Masao
Year
1949
Material / Technique
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
130(Height)×97(Width) cm
Acquisition date
1980
Accession number
1975-00-0317-000

作者について

鶴岡政男 / TSURUOKA Masao

from Art Platform Japan: https://artplatform.go.jp/resources/collections/artists/A1636

Date of birth
1907/2/16
Birth place
Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture
Date of death
1979/9/27
Death place
Taitō-ku, Tokyo
Gender
male

Identifiers

APJ ID
A1636
VIAF ID
4792646
AKL ID
44124
NDL ID
00187531
Wikidata ID
Q11675961

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