The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures

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1953 Nitten Exhibited Wood Sculpture by Hiroma Hiroshi titled Omou

1953 Nitten Exhibited Wood Sculpture by Hiroma Hiroshi titled Omou


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A mid century life-sized sculpture of a standing female by Hiroma Hiroshi exhibited at the 9th Nitten National Exhibition in 1953 titled Omou (Ponder or Reminisce) visible in the Nittenshi Volume 17 page 454 figure 156. Signed on the base, she is 62 inches (157 cm) tall excluding the additional base. There is a mar on the thigh of the left leg (see photographs for details with a small split in the right buttock and overall rubbing marks from handling. Interestingly, we see the evolution of the view of women through this sculpture over time, here, in a chaotic and energetic world of rebuilding all that was destroyed just a few years before, the woman is confident, athletic, unabashed and confident, a far cry from the feminine images of pre-war Japan. Her hair is cut in a modern bob, and she may have been termed at the time Moga (modern Girl).
Hiroma Hiroshi was born in Tokyo in 1916. In 1939 while in his third year at the Tokyo Bijutsu Gakko (Mod. University of Fine Art) his sculpture was accepted into the 3rd Shin Bunten National Exhibition. The following year his graduation project was awarded the Masaki Kinen Prize, and he was awarded the Choso-in Prize at the Toho Choso-in Exhibition. He then was selected to study under Kitamura Seibo, possibly the top sculptor in Japan at the time. Post war he exhibited consistently with the Nitten. His works were uniquely of his own reflection, and looked at roles and models in a new way, creating images of confident, independent and progressive female figures. Originally devoted to wood sculpture, he would steadily move to bronze casting later. He received Tokusen at the 3rd Nitten in 1947, and his submission with the 5th Nitten titled “Kibo” (Hope) was purchased by the government. His image of a woman titled “Mugen” (Limitless) was awarded at the 6th Nitten (currently held in the collection of the Katsushika Bunka Kaikan Cultural Hall in Tokyo), and his submission to the 7th Nitten titled “Ashita” (Tomorrow) was also awarded. He served as a judge for the sculpture department at the 8th Nitten. He was later awarded the Mombu Daijin Sho (Governors prize) at the 1964 Nitten for his work “Taiki” (atmosphere), and in 1970 received the Nihon Geijutsu-In prize for his work “Sora” (Sky). He passed away in 1984. For fans of his work, Taiki is visible in Mizumoto Park in Tokyo. The Takasagochiku Center features a statue titled “In” (Rhyme). His work is also represented in front of the City Offices of Katsushika-Ku with a large bronze titled “Yakushin” (Leap Forward) and “Shitau” (Thought) can be seen in front of the Kanamachichiku Center as well as a sculpture of a mother and children in Komaba Park in Meguro, Tokyo.