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Title

Shell kind

1945
1962


Artist

MUNAKATA Shikô

Japan

1903 - 1975


About

Munakata is one of the outstanding figures in twentieth-century graphic arts. He carved his own woodblocks, fervently advocating his own belief in "block-centredness": that by concentrating on the carving of the block all sense of self and self-consciousness would be lost and the image would emerge. Munakata's powerful, expressive images have a compelling immediacy and spirituality that burst beyond the borders of their sheet and reflect his admiration for Zen Buddhism and folk art. This print is from the 24-print series 'A Homage to Shôkei', his first major series after World War II. It is a tribute to the potter Kawai Kanjirô, a leading exponent of the folk art ('mingei') movement, and his kiln in Kyoto called Shôkei. Munakata was a prominent member of the influential folk art movement and Kawai's friend. The image was hand-coloured by Munakata and signed and dated in December 1962 when the Gallery's director Hal Missingham, acquired it in Tokyo. (Although the print was created in 1945, Munakata only signed and dated a print when it was sold.)

'Asian Art', AGNSW Collections, 1994, pg. 227.


Details


Alternative title

Shôkeishô: kaizoku no saku


Place where the work was made

Japan


Dates

1945
1962


Media category

Print


Materials used

hand coloured woodcut


Dimensions

49.2 x 37.6 cm image; 55.3 x 43.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r., pencil "Shikô [in Japanese] Munakata [in English]" [and artist's seal]. Dated l.r., pencil "1962.12.31" [and artist's mark].


Credit

Purchased 1963


Location

Not on display


Accession number

DO22.1963


Artist information

MUNAKATA Shikô

Works in the collection

4


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


AJIOKA, Hanga: Japanese creative prints, '1930s-1950s: Consolidation of Hanga and the individualists', pg. 70-98, Sydney, 2000, 83 (colour illus.), 102, 109. cat.no. 4.8

Jackie Menzies, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'Asian Art - India, South-East Asia, China, Tibet, Korea, Japan', pg. 173-228, Sydney, 1994, 227 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Individuality in early 20th century works on paper', Sydney, 2003, 283 (colour illus.).

Amy Reigle Newland and Chris UHLENBECK (Editors), Ukiyo-e to Shin hanga: The Art of Japanese Woodblock Prints, England, 1990, 207 [colour illus.].