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Title

Repose

1934

Artist

Toraji Ishikawa

Japan

1875 – 1964

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  • Details

    Alternative title
    Ikoi
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Shôwa period 1926 - 1988 → Japan
    Date
    1934
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    colour woodcut
    Dimensions
    38.0 x 30.0 cm image; 48.5 x 37.8 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r., ink, inscribed "Ishikawa" [and artist's seal]. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased with funds provided by Yasuko Myer 1992
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    260.1992
    Artist information
    Toraji Ishikawa

    Works in the collection

    3

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  • About

    In the history of twentieth century Japanese graphics, the period between the two World Wars was one of dissension as the debate between pure Japanese art and Western influenced art became extremely polarised. Primarily a painter, Ishikawa was a founding member of the conservative school of Western-style painting, and studied in the United States and Europe before returning to Japan in 1904. In his prints he attempted a synthesis between East and West through the use of the woodblock, a medium which the Japanese had mastered completely. However, Ishikawa still followed the traditional method of having his blocks cut and printed by specialists rather than doing it himself as advocated by members of the 'sôsaku hanga' (creative print) movement. This print is one of a series of ten nudes that the artist did in 1934, fusing contemporary French ideas with the traditional Japanese sense of design. While the colour, design and flatness might be credited to the inherent Japanese sensibility for patterns and colours, the laconic, world weary mien of the model has a decidedly Parisian/Bohemian feel.

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

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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