Key Sato — Japanese Contemporary Art — Lyrical Abstraction

Key Sato 1906–1978) was a Japanese artist who spent most of his life living and working in France. He was a part of the second wave of lyrical abstraction. The key innovations formed in the early years of the 20th century were developed further in the 1920s and 1930s. This period began the careers of many innovative and inspiring practitioners in the pictorial arts. However it was a period of reflection following the horrors of the First World War, and major shifts in politics took place across the world. The philosophy of Marxism was widespread among artist communities and groups. Founded in 1919, the Bauhaus became an essential place for the development of ideas concerning the unification of art, craft and design — an idea which became known as the Gesamtkunstwerk.

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