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Collection

NAGASE Yoshirô

(Japan 1891 – 1978)

Title
Dancing Shiva (Memory of India)
Place of origin
Japan
Year
1930
Media category
Print
Materials used
colour woodcut
Dimensions

33.0 x 24.2 cm

Signature & date
Signed l.r, pencil "Y. Nagasé". Dated l.l, pencil "Mai 1930".
Credit
Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2001
Accession number
407.2001
Location
Not on display
Further information

Nagase is one of the major artists in the 'Sôsaku hanga' or the Creative Print movement, the 20th century Japanese modern printmaking in which the artists, inspired by the modern artistic movements in the West, sought self-expression through the medium of print as opposed to using the medium as a means of reproducing images.

Nagase is often associated with Hasegawa Kiyoshi, who worked with him in designing the front pages of the magazine 'Kamen' (1913-15) and who in 1918 went to Paris where he established himself as a distinguished print artist. While in Japan they worked in similar, expressionist and evocative styles. In 1929 he travelled to Paris where he produced prints and showed them both in Paris and Japan. He returned to Japan in 1936. This work belongs to his famous series based on this trip through Asia and the Middle East ending in Paris.

Nagase worked in woodcuts and developed a range of distinct techinques of his own, such as printing in gold on indigo paper. Another technique he exploited in many of his works is to give the lines the characteristics of brushstrokes, and this print is a good example of his technique. It also shows a curious cultural misinterpretation: the Indian god Siva has been turned into female figure.

Asian Art Dept.
AGNSW 16 October 2001

Bibliography (2)

AJIOKA Chiaki (Curator), Hanga: Japanese creative prints, Sydney, 2000, 68 (colour illus.).

Tsutomu MIZUSAWA, Nihon kindai hanga-no ayumi ten, Tokyo, 1993, 36 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

Hanga: Japanese creative prints, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 28 Oct 2000–07 Jan 2001