(1902 - 1983)
Takeo Yamaguchi was active/lived in Japan. Takeo Yamaguchi is known for Abstract painting.
Yamaguchi Takeo was a pioneer of Japanese modern abstract painting, who
matured at the same time that Art Informel became so influential in
Japan, yet he remained independent from it.
Born in Seoul, Korea, he
studied Western painting at the Tokyo Art School and was particularly
influenced by Cubism, which reduced painting to a flat, monochromatic
expanse. After graduating he went to Paris and studied avant-garde
In 1938, he joined with fellow abstract artists Saito Yoshishige,
Yoshihara Jiro, and Hasegawa Saburo to found the avant-garde group Ninth
Room Association (Kyushitsu-kai).
After the war and by the
mid-late 1950s his style had matured. He applied dense layers of paint
to wood boards, carefully smoothed with a palette knife, forming
clearly-defined rectangular forms often in rich red or yellow ochre,
sometimes against a black background.