Shizume, The Seine
in Paris (pen and ink, 12 x 18 in, ca 1960; Nelson family)
Mori Shizume, pen and ink, ca 1960
Mori Shizume, Venice (lithograph, 21 x 30 in, 1979; from the Web)
Mori Shizume, Balloon Flight over Paris (lithograph, ca 1980;
from the Web)
Shizume was born in Tokyo in 1928, and first studied economics.
left Japan for the U.S. after WW II, and studied physics and sculpture
in California. He has lived in Europe since the 1960s, and has drawn
cityscapes of her greatest cities, especially Paris and Rome.
He was a friend of our family shortly after we moved to Rome
from Washington and he came from Paris. The drawing of Paris
(top) was a gift at that time, and we have grown out of touch
artwork has been featured in one-man exhibitions in New York, London,
Paris, and Tokyo. Commissions include those by the United Nations,
the Smithsonian Institution, and New Yorker magazine.
The National Building Museum had an exhibit of Mori's work:
Views of Washington: Perspective Drawings by Mori Shizume (February 14 – May 1997)
When the National Building Museum took down their Webpage of Mori's exhibit,
" http://www.nbm.org/Exhibits/past/2000_1996/View_of_Washington ",
Mori lost almost all presence on the Web, and I decided to make my own page for him.
Apparently art has no lasting value for museums of the Federal government.