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Japanese School

Cliffs at Estretat

Oil on canvas, signed and dated 55

38.5 x 46.5 cms
15 1/8 x 15 1/4 inches

Pronenance: Dalziel Hatfield Galleries, Los Angeles

Born in Tokyo in 1900, Jun Dobashi entered the Tokyo School of Fine Arts to do his artistic training, developing a style of abstract painting that was similar to European “Informel”.

He came to Paris for the first time from 1938 to 1939. He returned in 1953 remaining there until 1969, holding his first one-man exhibition in 1954. He exhibited also in Le Salon d’ Automne, Le Salon de l’École de Paris and Le Salon de Midi and had another one-man show in Paris in 1969 as well as being a regular exhibitor at the Fricker gallery between 1960 and 1969. He worked in both Japan and France and contributed to other exhibitions in France outside of the capital as well as in venues in Britain – the Redfern Gallery in London in 1961 - Germany and the United States.

Dobashi was awarded Le Prix de Dôme Sélectionné in 1956. He painted in oils, watercolours and mixed media but was also a skilled lithographer. His technique relied strongly on the effects of the materials utilised augmented with vivid colours. Titles of some of his paintings include: “Nus a la fleur bleue”, “Composition Abstraite”, “Le Petit Village”, “Transparence”, “Magie érotique Rythmes Noirs”, “Fête du Printemps” and “La Porte d’une Fantaisie”

Jun Dobashi died in Tokyo in 1975.

The cliffs at Estretat are on the Normandy coast and the painting depicts the Aval cliff with its arch and needle.

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