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Title

Café waitress

1914


Artist

ÔTA Saburô

Japan

1884 - 1969


About

Ôta studied oil painting at Hakubakai (White Horse Society) school of Western-style painting, and Japanese-style painting under Kôgyô Terasaki (1866-1919). He worked in illustrations, and his oil painting of the same title won the Third Prize at the government-sponsored annual art exhibition (called Bunten) in 1913. He worked in illustrations as well as painting, becoming a selector of the government-sponsored exhibition (renamed and called Teiten) in 1933. After the war, Ôta returned to his birthplace and became director of Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art in Nagoya.

Ôta did not produce many prints. This print is widely published and is recognised not only as the representative print of the artist but also an important icon of the period.

REFERENCES:

'Modern boy, modern girl: modernity in Japanese art 1910-1935', J Menzies (ed.), AGNSW, 1988, pg.33 (cat. no. 35)'Nihon kindai hanga-no ayumi ten [Progress of modern Japanese prints]', M
Hijikata et.al. (eds.), Nerima Art Museum et. al. (Tokyo etc.), 1993, pg.57 (cat. no. 090)

'Sôsaku hanga-no tanjô [The birth of Creative Prints]', Shôtô Museum of Art (Tokyo), 1999, pg.91 (cat. no. 157)

Asian Art Dept, AGNSW, October 1999.


Details


Alternative title

Kafe no onna


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

1914


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour woodcut


Dimensions

21.0 x 11.0 cm image; 21.7 x 11.8 cm sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 1999


Location

Not on display


Accession number

185.1999


Artist information

ÔTA Saburô

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 6 publications

Bibliography


AJIOKA, Hanga: Japanese creative prints, '1904-1914: The dawn of the creative print', pg. 40-49, Sydney, 2000, 47 (colour illus.), 103, 106. cat.no. 1.6

Modern Boy Modern Girl: modernity in Japanese art 1910-1935, Sydney, 1998, 33 (colour illus.). cat.no. 35

Nihon kindai hanga-no ayumi ten, Tokyo, 1993, 57 (colour illus.). cat.no. 090

Sôsaku hanga-no tanjô, Shibuya-ku, 1999, 91 (colour illus.). cat.no.157

Unknown (Editor), Nihon no hanga II 1911- 1920: Kizamareta "ko" no kyôen, Tokyo, 1999, 45 (colour illus.). cat.no. 37-1

Kindai no Bijutsu: Kindai Nihon Hanga, Tokyo, May 1987, verso of front cover.