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YASUI Sôtarô

(Japan 1888 – 1955)

Artist and a model
Alternative title:
Easel and model
Place of origin
Shôwa period 1926 - 1988 → Japan
Media category
Materials used
colour woodcut

39.7 x 27.8 cm image; 45.0 x 32.2 cm mount

Signature & date
Signed l.r. [image] in Japanese., ink "[artist's seal]". Not dated.
Purchased 1997
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Yasui Sôtarô, together with Umehara Ryûzaburô, dominated Western-style painting in modern Japan, particularly during the postwar period which is called the 'Yasui-Umehara era'. Yasui studied in France from 1907 to 1914 where he was most influenced by Cezanne. After a brief period of experimenting with different styles, by the end of the 1920s Yasui established what is often called 'Yasui style', a combination of dynamic composition, decisive colours and clarity of vision, which was best utilised in portraits.

This print (probably cut by Hiratsuka Un'ichi, one of the leaders of the Creative Print Movement which began in the 1910s) was produced in the same year as 'Kin'yô', his most famous painting which established his pre-eminence.

Bibliography (3)

Chiaki Ajioka and John Clark, Modern Boy Modern Girl: modernity in Japanese art 1910-1935, 'The New Mainstream', pg. 55-80, Sydney, 1998, 75 (colour illus.), 170. 86iii

Jonathan Cooper (Editor), The Art Gallery of New South Wales Bulletin, 'Modern Boy Modern Girl', pg. 10-11, Sydney, May 1998-Jul 1998, 11 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'A New Dichotomy', Sydney, 2003, 276 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

Modern Boy Modern Girl - modernity in Japanese art 1910-1935, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Jul 1998–30 Aug 1998