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Title

Labyrinth Red Fuji

1991


Artist

TAKABE Taeko

Japan

1941 -


About

Mount Fuji is Japan's national icon. The highest mountain in Japan, a centre of worship for centuries, and celebrated in art and poetry from the earliest times, this extraordinary mountain and its peerless beauty still attract pilgrims and tourists.

Fuji-san, as the mountain is known in Japan, is best known in the West through Hokusai's series 'The Thirty-six Views of Mt Fuji', produced between 1823 and 1829. Since then series on Fuji, from different angles, at different times of day, have been popular with painters, printmakers and photographers. The short dramatic time when Fuji glows red under the rays of a setting sun is particularly sought.

Takabe, who has been producing prints of varied subject matter and style since the 1960s, ironically balances red Fuji against the golden sphere of a sun surrounded by a whole spectrum of colour. The sun is the archetypal symbol of Japan, from the earliest times identified as Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess who is the ancestral divinity of Japan.

Takabe now lives in Kanagawa Prefecture. She was born in Wakayama and educated at the Women's College of Fine Arts.

Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 57, 92.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Period

Heisei period 1989 - → Japan


Date

1991


Media category

Print


Materials used

screenprint


Edition

11/108


Dimensions

54.0 x 46.0 cm image; 76.0 x 56.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.c. to l.r., pencil "Taeko Takabe". Not dated.


Credit

Gift of the artist 1993


Location

Not on display


Accession number

462.1993


Artist information

TAKABE Taeko

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 89, 92, 94 (colour illus.). cat.no. 57