Labyrinth Red Fuji
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.
Place where the work was made
Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
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
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
The Urban Bonsai:
- Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane 04 Mar 1992–04 May 1992
- National Art Gallery, Wellington, Wellington 20 Jun 1992–09 Aug 1992
- Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch 12 Sep 1992–29 Oct 1992
- Manawatu Art Gallery, New Zealand 13 Nov 1992–10 Jan 1993
- The George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne 18 Mar 1993–25 Apr 1993
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 08 May 1993–01 Aug 1993
- Lewers Bequest and Penrith Regional Art Gallery, Emu Plains 11 Mar 1994–24 Apr 1994
- Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra 19 May 1994–19 Jun 1994
- Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown 15 Jul 1994–21 Aug 1994
- Moree Plains Gallery, Moree 11 Nov 1994–24 Dec 1994
- Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah 01 Feb 1995–05 Mar 1995
Referenced in 1 publication
Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 89, 92, 94 (colour illus.). cat.no. 57