1884 - 1969
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.
'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.
Kafe no onna
Place where the work was made
Taishô period 1912 - 1926 → Japan
21.0 x 11.0 cm image; 21.7 x 11.8 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 1999
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Hanga: Japanese creative prints, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 28 Oct 2000–07 Jan 2001
Referenced in 6 publications
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
NISHIYAMA Junko (Editor), Nihon no hanga II 1911- 1920: Kizamareta "ko" no kyôen, Tokyo, 1999, 45 (colour illus.). cat.no. 37-1
Jackie Menzies, AJIOKA Chiaki, John Clark and Tsutomu MIZUSAWA, Modern Boy Modern Girl: modernity in Japanese art 1910-1935, Sydney, 1998, 33 (colour illus.). cat.no. 35
Tsutomu MIZUSAWA, Nihon kindai hanga-no ayumi ten, Tokyo, 1993, 57 (colour illus.). cat.no. 090
FUKUNAGA Shigeki (Editor), Kindai no Bijutsu: Kindai Nihon Hanga, Tokyo, May 1987, verso of front cover.
Shôto Museum of Art (Compilator), Sôsaku hanga-no tanjô, Shibuya-ku, 1999, 91 (colour illus.). cat.no.157