Born in 1905, Teishi Terashima lived in Moscow and Paris during his 20s, working as a socialist painter in pursuit of absolute realism. He is perhaps best known for his vivid depiction of working-class adolescent girls.
Back in Japan, he collaborated with art director Hideshige Ohta and was a PR illustrator for Ohta’s design office, contributing a number of graphic designs that were again themed on laborers. As World War II intensified, Terashima fled Tokyo to settle down in Iwate Prefecture, where he continued to portray the pastoral life of local farmers until his death.
This exhibition focuses on the former half of Terashima’s career, when his exploration of proletarianism was particularly strong; Dec. 1-Feb. 3.
Yorozu Tetsugoro Museum; (0198) 42-4402; 5-135 Towachotsuchizawa, Hanamaki, Iwate; JR Kamaishi Line, Tsuchizawa Station. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥400. Closed Mon. (except Dec. 24, Jan. 14), Dec. 25, Jan. 15. www.city.hanamaki.iwate.jp/sightseeing/yorozu.