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Title

Road towards the hill


Artist

FUKAZAWA Sakuichi

Japan

1896 - 1946


About

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.


Details


Alternative title

Kyûjô sôdo


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

1925


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour woodcut


Dimensions

23.2 x 30.4 cm image; 25.1 x 32.0 cm mount


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. corner, in Japanese, pencil "Taishô 14 nen 2 gatsu; Sakuichi koku [February 1925, blockcut by Sakuichi]". Artist's seal l.l. corner, stamped in red ink "saku".


Credit

Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2000


Location

Not on display


Accession number

84.2000


Artist information

FUKAZAWA Sakuichi

Works in the collection

15


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


AJIOKA, Hanga: Japanese creative prints, '1919-1930s: The Japan creative print association and diffusion of printmaking', pg. 58-69, Sydney, 2000, 60 (colour illus.), 99, 108. cat.no. 3.1

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Individuality in early 20th century works on paper', Sydney, 2003, 282 (colour illus.).

FUKUNAGA Shigeki (Editor), Kindai no Bijutsu: Kindai Nihon Hanga, Tokyo, May 1987, 49 (illus.). illus. no. 72