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Repose


Artist

ISHIKAWA Toraji

Japan

1875 - 1964


About

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


Details


Alternative title

Ikoi


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

1934


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour woodcut


Dimensions

38.0 x 30.0 cm image; 48.5 x 37.8 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r., ink, inscribed "Ishikawa" [and artist's seal]. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by Yasuko Myer 1992


Location

Not on display


Accession number

260.1992


Artist information

ISHIKAWA Toraji

Works in the collection

3


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


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.).