Azechi Umetarō: Call of the Mountains
Azechi Umetarō (1902–1999) loved the mountains. His earliest memory of climbing was as a child, when he hiked a large hill near his house; upon reaching the top, he was astounded by even taller landmasses looming in the distance. As he grew older, he often hiked mid-sized mountains alone; they gave him an opportunity to meditate on life. The simplified figures of the bearded mountain men (yama-otoko), who reappear throughout his work, embody his love and appreciation for the environment. This exhibition features prints given to Mia from the extensive collection of Sue Y. S. Kimm and Seymour Grufferman.