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The Art of Eikichi Iwata

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His Life

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1929 Born in Tokyo
1957 Completed Graduate School of Tokyo University of the Arts
Went to Paris
1959 Graduated from Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris (Jean Souverbie Class) 
Earned the favor of Kiyoshi Hasegawa (1891-1980)
1962 Became a member of Société nationale des beaux-arts
1963 Participated in “Peintre de la realité” led by Henri Cadiou (1906-1989)
1965 Became a member of Salon des artistes indépendants
1969 Received Deloye prize of Société nationale des beaux-arts
1970 First solo exhibition in Japan
1975 Received Henri Farman Prize of Société nationale des beaux-arts
1977 Second solo exhibition in Japan
1982 Passed away at the age of 53



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Iwata was one of the first Japanese to pay attention to Johannes Vermeer and fully respected him as a mentor throughout his life. The works of Vermeer continually influenced that of Iwata.

He was very proud of still life and trompe l'oeil painting, and was one of the artists active in the fields of realism and still life after World War II. On the other hand, he was also influenced by Kiyoshi Hasegawa with whom he became close friends. Indeed, he helped Hasegawa in the later years.

While primarily active as a professional painter, Iwata also worked at the Paris office of Seibu Department Store for 20 years and played a significant role in introducing French culture to Japanese society. In addition, he engaged in licensing business for Japanese companies with Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint-Laurent as well as other famous French fashion brands.

Iwata translated the illustrated book “Kandinsky Exhibition” (Seibu Museum of Art), and recipes for Lenôtre products when the company started production. In the end, he got a permanent work permit as a translator.


Exhibition in France

Salon de Comparaisons
Société nationale des beaux-arts
Salon Terres Latines
Salon des artistes indépendants
Salon d’Automne
Exposition des Artistes Japonais à Paris

He was an examiner for Société nationale des beaux-arts.


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