- Place where the work was made
- Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
- Media category
- Materials used
- 54.0 x 46.0 cm image; 76.0 x 56.0 cm sheet
- Signature & date
Signed l.c. to l.r., pencil "Taeko Takabe". Not dated.
- Gift of the artist 1993
- Not on display
- Accession number
- Artist information
Works in the collection
Mount Fuji is Japan's national icon. The highest mountain in Japan, a centre of worship for centuries, and celebrated in art and poetry from the earliest times, this extraordinary mountain and its peerless beauty still attract pilgrims and tourists.
Fuji-san, as the mountain is known in Japan, is best known in the West through Hokusai's series 'The Thirty-six Views of Mt Fuji', produced between 1823 and 1829. Since then series on Fuji, from different angles, at different times of day, have been popular with painters, printmakers and photographers. The short dramatic time when Fuji glows red under the rays of a setting sun is particularly sought.
Takabe, who has been producing prints of varied subject matter and style since the 1960s, ironically balances red Fuji against the golden sphere of a sun surrounded by a whole spectrum of colour. The sun is the archetypal symbol of Japan, from the earliest times identified as Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess who is the ancestral divinity of Japan.
Takabe now lives in Kanagawa Prefecture. She was born in Wakayama and educated at the Women's College of Fine Arts.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 57, 92.
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
The Urban Bonsai, Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, 04 Mar 1992–04 May 1992
The Urban Bonsai, National Art Gallery, Wellington, Wellington, 20 Jun 1992–09 Aug 1992
The Urban Bonsai, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, 12 Sep 1992–29 Oct 1992
The Urban Bonsai, Manawatu Art Gallery, New Zealand, 13 Nov 1992–10 Jan 1993
The Urban Bonsai, The George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, 18 Mar 1993–25 Apr 1993
The Urban Bonsai, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 08 May 1993–01 Aug 1993
The Urban Bonsai, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Emu Plains, 11 Mar 1994–24 Apr 1994
The Urban Bonsai, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra, 19 May 1994–19 Jun 1994
The Urban Bonsai, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown, 15 Jul 1994–21 Aug 1994
The Urban Bonsai, Moree Plains Gallery, Moree, 11 Nov 1994–24 Dec 1994
The Urban Bonsai, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah, 01 Feb 1995–05 Mar 1995
Referenced in 1 publication
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 89, 92, 94 (colour illus.). cat.no. 57