Toshimitsu Imai Screen Print on Paper "Alain Joffrey"
Toshimitsu Imai (Japanese, 1928-2002)
Alain Joffrey, 1981
artist’s proof screen print on paper
signed lower right
unmounted and unframed
30′ × 22′
The Lucy Baker and Kenworth Moffett Collection of New New Group Painters
An artist’s proof screen print by abstract painter Toshimitsu Imai, executed in 1981. Wild flashes of red color appear throughout this abstract composition. To the center of the color appears French Text reading:’ générosité du silence dans le beau coupé blanc/ Deux ans annules par une femme qui changé. <<L’amour>>.’ Below the composition reads, ‘Alain Joffrey.’
Toshimitsu Imai was born in Kyoto, Japan in 1928. He studied at the Tokyo State Art Academy. In 1952 he exhibited at the Shinseisaku Salon. He later traveled to Paris to study where he met French critic Michel Tapié (1909-1987). Tapié was a large influencer of the abstract tachisme movement in France and encouraged Imai into a more abstract style. He exhibited at the São Paulo Biennale , the Venice Biennale, the Fifth Exhibition of Japanese Contemporary Art in Tokyo and the Museum of Modern Art. In his later works, he began incorporating Japanese characters with symbolic and cultural elements into his paintings. Today, his work can be found at the Ohara Museum of Art Japan, Japan National Museum of Art Osaka, and the National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo.
- slight discoloration around the edges; small tears, rips and bends to the edges throughout; has been stored rolled up.