Aug 17, 2023 - Sale 2644

Sale 2644 - Lot 140

Price Realized: $ 18,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 12,000 - $ 18,000

SADAO HASEGAWA (1945-1999)

Gon Gu Edo II (Joyfully Seeking the Impure Land II).

Pencil, acrylic and gouache on paper. 400x292mm, 15 3/4x11 1/2 inches. Signed in Japanese in ink upper right and dated year, month/day in pencil, "1981 11/7" lower left. Matted and framed. 1981. Provenance: Private collection, Los Angeles.

Sadao Hasegawa Paintings and Drawings , Editions Aubrey Walter, 1990, p. 61.

Hasegawa was a master of homoerotic fetish art, often within fantastical and mystical settings, featuring Indian, Thai, Tibetan Buddhist, African, Japanese, and Balinese elements influenced by his extensive travels.

Now recognized as one of the most influential creators of homoerotic art in Japan and throughout the global queer community, Hasegawa's reputation was fairly confined during his lifetime. He was prolific during his short life but commercially limited by his own refusal to distribute his work outside of Japan. His suicide at the age of 54 shocked the art world and his influence might have narrowed even further when his family was prepared to destroy his remaining paintings. But a note he left near his portrait of an earlier queer Japanese writer and victim of suicide, Yukio Mishima, requested that the work he left behind be entrusted to Gallery Naruyama in Tokyo, who currently holds the majority of his collected works.