Yasutake FUNAKOSHI

Born 1912 in Iwate Prefecture, Yasutake Funakoshi graduated in 1939 from the Tokyo University of the Arts and participated in the founding of the Shinseisaku Kyokai art association. Funakoshi taught himself to work in marble. After the war, he converted to Catholicism and designed the monument of the Twenty-Six Martyrs in Nagasaki, which won him the Kotaro Takamura Prize. Funakoshi was also honored with the Teijiro Nakahara Prize and the Bungei Sensho Award. In 1987, he suffered a stroke which left him in a wheelchair, with only his left hand allowing him to continue to work. He passed away in 2002.

When he was still alive, Funakoshi once confined to me that there was one thing he would like to have included into his biography: that was a joint exhibition with Shunsuke Matsumoto (1912-1948) at Kawatoku Gallery (Morioka) in 1941. With Matsumoto, who was a fellow student of Funakoshi’s at Morioka Middle School, Funakoshi had forged a lasting friendship. Even today, there is an exhibition room jointly dedicated to Matsumoto and Funakoshi at the Iwate Prefectural Museum of Art which in itself is already worth the trip from Tokyo to Iwate. Katsura Funakoshi, his second son, also is a sculptor.

 


"Young Woman A"

1984
Lithograph
51.0×39.0cm
Ed. 170
Signed

"Young Woman B"

1984
Lithograph
48.5×37.0cm
Ed. 170
Signed

"St. Clara"

1984
Lithograph
51.0×42.0cm
Ed. 170
Signed

 


"St. Clara"

1982
Lithograph
31.5×20.0cm
Ed. 175
Signed

"Young Woman"

1984
Lithograph
28.0×23.0cm
E.A.
Signed

"Ms. A"

1982
Copperplate print
24.0×19.4cm
Ed. 100
Signed

 


"Face of a Young Woman"

1982
Copperplate print
Image size: 9.7×8.2cm
Sheet size: 36.7×29.8cm
Embossed signature

"Profile of a Young Woman"

1982
Copperplate print
9.3×7.5cm
Ed. 150
Signed

"Young Woman"

1982
Copperplate print
11.7×9.5cm
Ed. 150
Signed

 


"Face of a Girl"

1979
Bronze relief
12.0cm (diameter)

 

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 Exhibitions (Japanese only)
2005
125th Gallery exhibition: Yasutake Funakoshi & Tatsuoki Nanbata, Dec 16-Dec 28, 2005

1999
54th Gallery exhibition: The Printed Works of Painters, Apr 2-Apr 17, 1999

1998
48th Gallery exhibition: Fall Exhibition: From the Collection, Sep 25-Oct 24, 1998

1997
26th Gallery exhibition: Copperplate Print Selection 3, Apr 1-Apr 10, 1997