Collection

Dawn

OKAMOTO, Taro

1948

Information

Title
Dawn
Artist
OKAMOTO, Taro View artist Information
Year
1948
Collection
Gift of the artist
Medium
oil on canvas
Size
181.7×256.5

Commentary

The creature in the center is less a threatening beast than a cartoon monster, and the figures composed of triangular forms on either side are like the doodles of a young child. These elements embody the stance of the avant-garde, which Okamoto later described as rejection of the “skillful, good, and pleasant” in art, while also conveying his ideal of bringing avant-garde art to a wider audience. Okamoto’s practice, in which he deployed words as well as his works, greatly inspired young aspiring artists and popularized the avant-garde view of art among the general public.

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