Physical strength is inseparable of the gesture that invites to the happening. Shiraga is linked with Pollock, Fontana and Georges Mathieu.
In his childhood, Shiraga eagerly read the Japanese translation of a great Chinese epic novel from Ming time, the Water Margin, inspired by the Song legend of the 108 robbers who managed an army to revolt against the corruption of the government.
In this novel inspired by astrology, the 108 rebels have distinct personalities, each one representing a form or a symbol of strength. Shiraga takes as his hero the 44th character in this list, the water lord Shan Tinggui whose Japanese name is Chikisei Sesuisho.
In 1960 Shiraga now includes bright colors in his artistic language. He splashes the paint on the canvas and repels it with his body. An oil on canvas 130 x 193 cm entitled Chikisei Sesuisho was given by the artist to Fontana. It will be sold by Christie's in Hong Kong on May 30, lot 3027.
The transformation of the meaning of art is deep at that time. Independently of Shiraga's epic impulses, Twombly is beginning his search of the passions that generated the greatest crimes of antiquity.
SOLD for HK$ 21M including premium