(Japan 1875 – 1964)
38.0 x 30.0 cm image; 48.5 x 37.8 cm sheet
In the history of twentieth century Japanese graphics, the period between the two World Wars was one of dissension as the debate between pure Japanese art and Western influenced art became extremely polarised. Primarily a painter, Ishikawa was a founding member of the conservative school of Western-style painting, and studied in the United States and Europe before returning to Japan in 1904. In his prints he attempted a synthesis between East and West through the use of the woodblock, a medium which the Japanese had mastered completely. However, Ishikawa still followed the traditional method of having his blocks cut and printed by specialists rather than doing it himself as advocated by members of the 'sôsaku hanga' (creative print) movement. This print is one of a series of ten nudes that the artist did in 1934, fusing contemporary French ideas with the traditional Japanese sense of design. While the colour, design and flatness might be credited to the inherent Japanese sensibility for patterns and colours, the laconic, world weary mien of the model has a decidedly Parisian/Bohemian feel.
'Asian Art', AGNSW Collections, 1994, pg. 227
Chiaki Ajioka, Modern Boy Modern Girl: modernity in Japanese art 1910-1935, 'Lure of the City', pg. 29-54, Sydney, 1998, 34, 35 (colour illus.), 164-65. cat.no. 11
Jackie Menzies, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'Asian Art - India, South-East Asia, China, Tibet, Korea, Japan', pg. 173-228, Sydney, 1994, 226 (colour illus.), 227.
Editor Unknown (Editor), Gendai Nihon Hanga Taikai, 1978, 59 (illus.).
Modern Boy Modern Girl - modernity in Japanese art 1910-1935, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Jul 1998–30 Aug 1998