Chūta Kimura (1917-1987) is a Japanese pastellist and painter of landscapes. He grew up in Takamatsu on the island of Shikoku in southern Japan. At the age of 13, in 1927, he studied drawing at the school of decorative arts of Takamatsu and discovered fauvist painters and Picasso. In 1941, Kimura discovered at the Kurashiki Museum a painting by Pierre Bonnard, a terrace scene. The war ended, and with his wife he emigrated to France in 1953. In 1954 in Paris, he met Jacques Zeitoun, director of the gallery “Art Vivant” as well as the painters Cottavos, Fusaro, Bolin, Garbelle, Marfaing and Poliakoff. From that date the personal exhibitions succeeded one another without interruption in Lyon and Paris and in New York from 1958. Of his various sources of inspiration, that of the work of Bonnard turned out to be the most important. In 1965 the Kriegel Gallery took him on contract, and he traveled to Venice, Spain and throughout the Mediterranean. In 1966, Kimura exhibited for the first time in Japan. He later moved to Cannes at Au Clos-St Pierre, where he was deeply influenced by the light of Provence, and where he would work regularly until his death in Paris in 1987.
Galerie Le Minotaure, created in 2002, is situated on the Rue des Beaux-Arts, at the former address of the famous bookshop from which it preserved its name. Its founder, Benoit Sapiro, is fascinated by Russian and Central European artists of the first half of the 20th century. Benoit Sapiro dedicated himself to helping rediscover the first half of the 20th century Russian and Central European artists for more than twenty years, with a constant and passionate action. The gallery has been promoting with the same enthusiasm the avantgardes of the 20th century, as well as the so-called “Ecole de Paris”.
Boris Aronson / Vladimir Baranoff-Rossiné / Étienne Béothy / Henryk Berlewi / Erwin Blumenfeld / Théodore Brauner / Carl Buchheister / Marc Chagall / Serge Charchoune / François D’angiboult / Robert Delaunay / Sonia Delaunay / Walter Dexel / Pierre Dmitrienko / Alexandra Exter / Emil Filla / Georges Folmer / Frantisek Foltyn / Mikhail Grobman / George Grosz / Jean Hélion / Auguste Herbin / Jacques Herold / Adolf Hoffmeister / Vilmos Huszár / Dadoune Joseph / Bela Kadar / Lajos Kassak / Jiri Kolar / Ervand Kotchar / Franti Ek Kupka / André Lanskoy / Hugo Scheiber / Kurt Schwitters / Edik Steinberg / Carl Strüwe / Léopold Survage / Karel Teige / Joaquín Torres-García / (Marie Cermínová) Toyen / Leon Tutundjian / Henry Valensi / Georges Valmier / Georges Vantongerloo / Marie Vassilieff / Kirill Zdanevitch / Fernand Léger / El Lissitzky / Janos Mattis-Teutsch / Annette Messager / Jean Metzinger / László Moholy-Nagy / Pierre Molinier / Wolfgang Paalen / Vera Pagava / Georges Papazoff / Jules Pascin / Jean Pougny / Anton Prinner / Judit Reigl / Alfred Reth / Marcel Ronay / Chaya Ruckin