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Title

Farmhouse beams and kettle hook hanger

1991

Artist

Kitaoka Fumio

Japan

1918 - 2007

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Hari to rokagi
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
    Date
    1991
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    woodcut
    Edition
    5/30
    Dimensions
    54.0 x 84.0 cm image; 63.0 x 93.0 cm sheet; 73.3 x 103.5 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Fumio Kitaoka 1991".

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 1993
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    435.1993
    Copyright
    © Estate of KITAOKA Fumio

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    Kitaoka Fumio

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  • About

    Kitaoka was born in Tokyo and was educated at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music where he studied woodblock printing under Un'ichi Hiratsuka ( 1895-?). He is one of the more senior artists in this exhibition. After the Second World War and a stint in Manchuria he furthered his study under Onchi of the 'sosaku hanga' movement, becoming more interested in an art of pure colour and form. From the 1950s Kitaoka travelled and exhibited extensively.

    This print is a fine example of his oeuvre, demonstrating his mastery of the traditional woodblock techniques, and his fine sense of colour and pattern. He created this print after visiting an old farmhouse in Takayama where he was moved by the strength and beauty of the wooden ceiling beams, and taken with the traditional structural beauty of the hanger for the kettle hook ('jizai-gake') which was used to hang the perennial iron pot over the open hearth that was the centre of the Japanese rural home.

    Kitaoka takes pleasure in contrasting the geometrical structure of the ascending beams with the roughly hewn curve of the kettle hook.

    Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 57.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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