Tsuruta Gorô established himself at the government exhibitions (Teiten). He worked for the arts section of a newspaper in Korea from 1912, returning to Japan in 1919 via China and Siberia. This print was made after the artist's trip to Scandinavia, Germany & France in the early 1930s. Evident in this work is a kind of exoticism. The artist had seen Western paintings of bathers & he chose women divers who were confident in their bathing suits, rather than coy women at bath. The image is reminiscent of 'Beach Pattern' by Charles Meere.
Gendai ama kyûsoku zu
Place where the work was made
Shôwa period 1926 - 1988 → Japan
26.2 x 39.2 cm image; 30.8 x 44.2 cm mount
Signature & date
Signed l.r. [margin], ink "G.Tsuruta".
Dated l.l. [margin], ink "Shôwa jû-nen jû-gatsu saku [printed in October 1935]".
Signed l.l. [image], in Japanese, ink "[artist's seal]".
Not on display
© Estate of the artist
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
In one drop of water, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Jun 2019–Dec 2020