We are normally attentive to color when looking at things. We choose clothing and other products by how much we like their color, for instance. When viewing a painting, as well, it is fun to simply delight in its colors, hues, and color contrasts. Entering the world of the painting, we will feel surprise at the beauty of color, take joy in unexpected color effects, and discover the personality and characteristics of the artist.
This exhibition looks at paintings by Genichiro Inokuma (1902-1993) in the way we naturally learn in everyday life—by giving attention to color regardless of what the object is. Inokuma's paintings are characterized by rich colors, but here, our first step is to take up three colors—red, yellow, and blue—and "pay attention to color.” If we look at works in each of these colors, first, followed by works freely combining red, yellow, and blue and, finally, works adding other colors, the paintings will quickly grow familiar to us. Through color, the magical world of painting opens its doors.