Inspired by European Surrealists such as Giorgio de Chirico, Joan Miró and Wassily Kandinsky, Yoshihara was a prominent figure in finding post-war Japan's new artistic direction. In 1954, he founded the Gutai Group, a collection of artists who sought to redefine themselves against a backdrop of stifling and outdated 1950s social realist art.

Their artistic techniques were free, individual and radical. Yoshihara would send the Gutai journal - a document of artworks and essays - to such artistic luminaries as Jackson Pollock, who Yoshihara greatly admired.

From 1962, Yoshihara focused his work on minimalist motifs. The artist concentrated on circles, painting them over and over again, never the same one twice, continually searching for the perfect shape. According to Yoshihara’s personal writing, he used the circle not out of any profound meaning, but rather due to its convenient shape.

Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 15.39.04 Jiro Yoshihara's Untitled (Circle) ink on paper work

Jiro Yoshihara's Untitled (Circle) ink on paper work was sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong's Boundless: Contemporary Art sale on January 19, 2017. The piece was estimated to fetch $5 150- 7 730 (40 000-60 000 HKD) and reached a final hammer price of $6 765 (52 500 HKD.)

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