23.2 x 30.4cm image; 25.1 x 32.0cm support
Two versions of this work exist: the other is printed in grey and is more subdued. An impression of this ochre version is in the collection of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.
While this print may remind one of Van Gogh's later drawings, the direct influence probably comes from Yamamoto Kanae, a pioneer of the creative (ie non-reproductive) print movement in Japan and a founding member of the Japan Creative Print Association. At the same time, one must admit that this is a powerful print in its own right, an expression of the mind and emotion of the artist rather than the road and fields it depicts.
Fukazawa Sakuichi was a self-taught print artist who began exhibiting at the Japan Creative Print Association exhibition from 1922. In the 1920s, as the Creative Print Association provided a regular venue to exhibit prints as well as published its own magazine, many print artists emerged working in unique styles such as Fukazawa, Kawakami Sumio, Kawanishi Hide and Maekawa Senpan, to name a few.
Asian Art Dept., AGNSW, April 2000.
AJIOKA Chiaki (Japan) (Curator), Hanga: Japanese creative prints, Sydney, 2000, 60 (colour illus.), 99, 108. cat.no. 3.1
Kindai no Bijutsu: Kindai Nihon Hanga May 1987, May 1987, 49 (illus.). illus. no. 72
'Individuality in early 20th century works on paper', The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales 2003, 2003, 282 (colour illus.).
Hanga: Japanese creative prints, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 28 Oct 2000–07 Jan 2001.