39.7 x 27.8cm image; 45.0 x 32.2cm support
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.
'Modern Boy Modern Girl', pg. 10-11., The Art Gallery of New South Wales Bulletin May 1998-Jul 1998, May 1998-Jul 1998, 11 (colour illus.).
Jackie Menzies (Australia) (Author), AJIOKA Chiaki (Japan) (Author), John Clark (Australia) (Author), Tsutomu MIZUSAWA (Author), Modern Boy Modern Girl: modernity in Japanese art 1910-1935, Domain, 1998, 75 (colour illus.), 170. cat.no. 86iii
'A New Dichotomy', The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales 2003, 2003, 276 (colour illus.).
Modern Boy Modern Girl - modernity in Japanese art 1910-1935, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 18 Jul 1998–30 Aug 1998.