(Japan 1941 – )
104.0 x 90.0 cm image; 120.0 x 100.0 cm sheet
Born in Miyasaki Prefecture in Kyushu, where he still lives, Kawabe was educated at Miyazaki University and Saga University of Education. His warmly coloured collage-style prints focus on young girls. In this print he contraposes an innocently naked young girl against the fragmented icons of the Doll Festival. The Doll Festival ('Hina Matsuri') is an annual event for girls held on the 3rd of March. 'Hina' dolls, which constitute a set representing emperor, empress, attendants and musicians in ancient court dress, are hierarchically arranged on tiered platforms, interspersed with miniature accessories and offerings; this practice of displaying dolls each year in the home dates back to the Edo period ( 1600-1867).
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 53, 56.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 49 (colour illus.), 53, 56. cat.no. 25
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