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Title

Remembered window II


Artist

TODA Tôshirô

Japan

1953 -


About

The theme of windows and walls has fascinated Toda for some time. Windows link the outside and the inside; they are the conduits to dreams and fantasy. However the window is defined by the two worlds on either side of it: darkness on both sides silences the window's existence.

In this print, the glowing light beyond the window and the concreteness of the wall to the right, create a metaphor for Zen enlightenment. According to Zen teaching, Bodhidharma, the Indian prince who brought the doctrine of Chan (or Zen) Buddhism to China in the early sixth century and who is revered as the First Patriarch of Zen, attained his enlightenment after nine years of implacable wall gazing. In Chan texts 'wall gazing' became a metaphor for the inexplicable suddenness of enlightenment. Toda evokes this association through the quietude and mysticism of his image.

Toda now lives in Tokyo. He was born in Aichi Prefecture and educated at the Musashino Art University and the Sokei Academy of Fine Arts. He lived in France for a while and this experience deeply affected his own work.

Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 93.


Details


Alternative title

Kiokusareta mado - II


Place where the work was made

Japan


Period

Heisei period 1989 - → Japan


Date

1990


Media category

Print


Materials used

etching and aquatint


Edition

A.P.


Dimensions

45.5 x 60.0 cm image;57.0 x 70.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Toda Toshiro '90".


Credit

Gift of the artist 1993


Location

Not on display


Accession number

469.1993


Artist information

TODA Tôshirô

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, 93, 104 (colour illus.). cat.no. 64