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Title

White fox (picnic) I

1990

Artist

Okamoto Yoshimi

Japan

1949 –

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  • Details

    Alternative title
    Kitsune jodô (I)
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
    Date
    1990
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    woodcut
    Edition
    15/185
    Dimensions
    47.5 x 69.5 cm image; 53.5 x 74.5 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r., pencil "Y. Okamoto". Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 1993
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    449.1993
    Artist information
    Okamoto Yoshimi

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  • About

    Okamoto draws on traditional Japanese art in both his subject matter and style. This print is one of a series based on tales that appear in both folklore and Kyogen theatre, of foxes assuming the shape of beautiful women to entertain and seduce travellers.

    In Japanese folklore there are many examples of animals transforming themselves into human form. Usually the fox is seen as an evil creature, thought to be possessed of spiritual power and capable of bewitching people. There are many folktales in which a fox marries a man by assuming the shape of a woman.

    The card game spread out before the young girls is called 'hanafuda', a gambling game comprised of twelve 4-card suits, four for each month of the year, each decorated with seasonal flowers corresponding to a particular month of the year. The game is a favourite at New Year's festivities.

    The use of bright colours, stylized waves and clouds reflects Okamoto's indebtedness to indigenous design traditions. He likes to use goldleaf because it changes expression as time passes and the light on it varies.

    Okamoto was born in Hokkaido, educated at Nihon University and now resides in Kanagawa.

    Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 65.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication