After a childhood illness left him deaf, Shunsuke Matsumoto (1912-1948) began to have aspirations to become a painter. He moved to Tokyo while still a high-school student and became friends with other artists, including Saburo Aso and Aimitsu. One of his works was accepted for the Nika Exhibition in 1935, and he continued to become a respected and active member of the art community.
Though he died at the young age of 36, Matsumoto was regarded as a successful, accomplished painter and he remains an inspiration for many of today’s Japanese artists.
This exhibition showcases 120 of Matsumoto’s most famous oil paintings and 60 sketches; till June 9-July 22.
The Museum of Modern Art, Hayama; (046) 875-2800; 2208-1, Isshiki, Hayama-machi, Miura, Kanagawa; Zushi Station, JR Yokosuka Line. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥1,000. Closed Mon. www.moma.pref.kanagawa.jp/public/HallTop.do?hl=h.