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Title

Visit

1938


Artist

MUNAKATA Shikô

Japan

1903 - 1975


About

When he made this series of 31 Prints, Munakata was inspired by the centuries-old No play of the same title. The image depicts the wife of a hunter, who unbeknown to her, has been condemned to become a devil to atone for taking the life of fellow creatures. The wife is shown opening her door to a monk, the bearer of the message and relics from her husband, who can no longer return to her. Munakata has eloquently captured this fleeting moment in the wife's inquiring expression. Most of the woodblocks of this 1938 series were lost. This is one of the few to survive.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.283.


Details


Other Title

Night visit


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

1938


Media category

Print


Materials used

woodcut


Dimensions

25.4 x 28.0 cm image


Signature & date

Signed l.l., pencil "Shikô [in Japanese] Munakata [in English]" [and artist's mark]. Artist's seal l.c., ink [stamped]. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1968


Location

Not on display


Accession number

DO28.1968


Artist information

MUNAKATA Shikô

Works in the collection

4


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


AJIOKA, Hanga: Japanese creative prints, '1930s-1950s: Consolidation of Hanga and the individualists', pg. 70-98, Sydney, 2000, 82 (colour illus.), 102, 109. cat.no. 4.7 In this publication this work is titled 'Night visit'.

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.).