I visited Hiro Gallery in Ginza 6-Chome for the first time on Tuesday. I've been spending most of my time in Ginza in the same areas, so I'm trying to explore more and visit galleries I haven't been to yet.
The exhibit at Hiro Gallery was of the late Shimazaki Osuke (島崎 蓊助), who was born in 1908 and died in 1992. There is an English explanation of the artist at the Hiro Gallery (ヒロ画廊) website.
Excerpt from Hiro Gallery website (edited):
Osuke Shimazaki was born in 1908 as the third son of Toson Shimazaki, a great literary figure. But when he was two years old, his mother died and he was sent to be raised by relatives in Kiso-Fukushima, Nagano prefecture. He was reunited with Toson when he was 13 years old, and began to attend Kawabata Art School with his brother, Keiji.
The two chose different paths in life, with the elder brother studying abroad in France; debuting in the art world at an early age and becoming a popular artist.
On the other hand, the younger brother (Osuke) focused on the proletarian art movement of the avant-garde art movement, then went to Germany and immersed himself in the art movement related to Bauhaus (with Koreya Senda and others). He drew images of battlefields in China during the war, and compiled a complete collection of art after the war. (This explains why his achievements as a painter were not made public until 1970.)
In 1970, he visited Germany again and painted about 30 sepia paintings. He continually recorded his study of art in handwritten notebooks - compiling 164 volumes from 1951 until the end of his life in 1992.
Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon