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Collection

ASADA Benji

(Japan 1900 – 1984)

Title
Lake Biwa, from the series New hundred views of Japan
Alternative title:
Shin Nihon hyakkei: 12 Biwako
Place of origin
Japan
Period
Shôwa period 1926 - 1988 → Japan
Year
1939
Media category
Print
Materials used
colour woodcut
Dimensions

22.6 x 30.3 cm image; 25.0 x 32.5 cm mount

Signature & date
Signed u.r. in Japanese, ink [incised on block] "Ben". Not dated.
Credit
Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 1997
Accession number
8.1997.1
Location
Not on display
Further information

This series of prints is a unique set of prints in two ways: at least thirty contemporary artists collaborated in a single series of landscape prints, depicting both famous places & scenery of modern urban life. This series is a product of the Creative Print Movement, a modern movement in printmaking which began early in the 20th century by artists who designed, blockcut & printed their own work with a clear intention of creating works of art as opposed to `surimono', reproductions. Due to the intensification of WWII, publication of the series was stopped by the Japanese authorities who feared that the interior of Japan would become known to its enemies through artistic depictions of the landscape.