Traces of a Blue Wind

Size: 133×168cm

Date: 1969



This oil painting was made when Kinutani worked as an assistant at the Oil Painting Department at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts. A young girl stretches out her body in a somehow chaotic-looking atelier. Her yellow dress glows brightly against the blue background. During this age, Kinutani’s creations followed the process of shaping a form from multiple layers of images. This work, which is heavy yet flowing, reflects the artist’s creative battle.
The Dokuritsu Fine Arts Society, which Kinutani belongs, is known for promoting fauvism. Passionate expressions dominated the group during this period. Koji Kinutani was seen as the most promising young artist from the society.