Skip to content

Collection

All

Search

Contemporary art

Asian art

View More:


Title

Poor man's banquet

1990


Artist

Masao Tsuchiya

Japan

1913 -


About

Folk art is distinguished by its rough immediacy and directions. Whereas folk art, in the form of prints, ceramics and various other utilitarian objects, had existed for centuries, it was Yanagi Soetsu (1889- 1961) who articulated its aesthetic parameters and defined it as a movement that developed an international following.

In this print Tsuchiya depicts two paupers drinking from a simple wine flask, against a blank background. All elements extraneous to their enjoyment of their wine have been eliminated. Tsuchiya has chosen to give his figures the masks of characters in a Kyogen play, a form of theatre used as the comic interlude in a Noh performance. He thus depersonalises their enjoyment, moving from the specific to the general. His point is that the unfortunate enjoy life despite their hardships - in fact they can get more pleasure from life than those who might have more.

Tsuchiya was born in Tokyo and still lives there. Like Akiyama (Acc.no. 405.1993) he too had studied under Munakata Shiko, the master of strong black and white figurative folk images.

Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 96.


Details


Alternative title

Kobore-mono no utage


Place where the work was made

Japan


Period

Heisei period 1989 - → Japan


Date

1990


Media category

Print


Materials used

kappa stencil and silkscreen


Edition

3/30


Dimensions

80.0 x 55.0 cm image; 90.0 x 60.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r., in Japanese, pencil "Tsuchiya Masao" [and artist's seal]. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of the artist 1993


Location

Not on display


Accession number

471.1993


Artist information

Masao Tsuchiya

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, 96, 106 (colour illus.). cat.no. 66