Naoto Kawahara  

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Naoto Kawahara (1971, Tokyo, Japan) is an industrial designer by education, moved for four years to Italy to study at the Lorenzo de Medici institute in Firenze where he submerges himself in Western visual art. Influenced by Degas, Balthus, Dürer, Magritte, Bonnard, Klimt, Van Gogh, Munch and Delvaux, his photographic work recreates the classics of these masters with Japanese models.

Noted works are 'La Ville endormie' (2007) and 'La Route de Rome' (2007). Based on details of paintings (1938 en 1979) by Paul Delvaux.

In the same vein Kawahara does Lucretia [1].

'La Leçon de guitare' (1934) was also re-initerpreted in 2007. His work was shown at the Antwerp Zeno X Gallery in the autumn of 2007.

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