Key Sato (1906-1978)
Ciel Figé, Gyoketsuten (Frozen Sky)
Mixed media on canvas, 1961
Signed and dated to the lower left; signed and titled on the reverse
Painting: H. 116.5cm x W. 88.6cm (46” x 35”)
The 25th Shinseisakukyokai (New Creation Association) exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, September 1961
Key Sato Isakuten (Key Sato Retrospective), Oita Prefectural Art Museum, 14 August – 9 September 1979
Oita Prefectural Art Museum ed., Key Sato Isakuten (Key Sato Retrospective), exhibition catalogue, (Oita, 1979), no. 27
Beppu University, Oita prefecture
Born in Oita Prefecture Japan, Key Sato (Kei Sato) was a student of Tetsunosuke Yamashita (1887-1969) before moving to Tokyo in 1925 to study Western-style painting at the Kawabata Art School and then at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts.
He began as a figurative painter and his talent was recognised at an early stage with his work being shown at national exhibitions such as the Teiten (The Imperial Fine Art Exhibitions) from 1929 while he was still studying. Interested in the new art movements of the West and in particular the paintings of Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) and his contemporaries, Sato moved to Paris in 1930.