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LOT 041

Kazuo Nakamura
1926 - 2002

Morning Mist
oil on board
signed and dated 1951 and on verso signed, titled and titled Mist on a label, dated and inscribed "Toronto" and "B11"
31 x 24 in 78.7 x 61 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Sold for: $58,250

Preview at:

Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto

Richard William Hill, Kazuo Nakamura: A Human Measure, Art Gallery of Ontario, 2004, pages 8 and 9

For Kazuo Nakamura, who became a founding member of Painters Eleven in 1953, the early 1950s was an influential phase in which he refined fundamental aspects of his artistic process. Nakamura was taking inspiration simultaneously from science, mathematics and Abstract Expressionism, while an appreciation for the landscape tradition and natural world were deeply rooted within him. A precursor to his Inner Structure paintings, Morning Mist is a sparkling jewel of a painting that heralds this new chapter for Nakamura. Richard Hill wrote, “The most celebrated works from this period are his reductive, often bi-coloured or mono-coloured abstract paintings. These include his Inner Structure works, which are usually loosely ordered collections of dark calligraphic markings against an airy ‘Prussian’ blue surface.” The artist would later recall that “he felt a sense of affinity to his Inner Structure and monochrome string paintings upon seeing scientific photographs of sub-atomic particle tracings.” Morning Mist pays homage to landscape, as referenced through the title and the artist’s use of colour, while at the same time signals his allegiance to abstraction through his delicately patterned, calligraphic lines.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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