Manabu Mabe


Manabu Mabe (1924 - 1997) was a celebrated Japanese-Brazilian painter and a leading pioneer of abstraction in Brazil.  

Mabe established his reputation in the late 1950's first in Brazil and then Europe and beyond. Mabe worked with a palette knifes (similar to Jean-Paul Riopelle) and built up layered and textured forms that were both planned and spontaneous. This late work is evocative of his technique and aesthetic.  

In this work entitled "Reisepoesie" a relatively uniform red field dominates the painting, in its center are two independent but linked lung-like forms. Within these individual shapes Mabe demonstrates the vigor and complexity of his brushstrokes. 

Today his work can be found in the permanent collections of the São Paulo Contemporary Art Museum and the Modern Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro in addition to numerous other institutions in Brazil and around the world. 

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"Reisepoesie", 1990

Oil on canvas

Signed and dated lower right

Also signed, dated, numbered, and titled in Japanese

19.7"H 24"W (framed)

Very good condition

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