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Title

Remembered window II

1990

Artist

Toda Tōshirō

Japan

1953 -

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  • Details

    Alternative title
    Kiokusareta mado - II
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
    Date
    1990
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    etching and aquatint
    Edition
    A.P.
    Dimensions
    45.5 x 60.0 cm image;57.0 x 70.0 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Toda Toshiro '90".

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 1993
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    469.1993
    Artist information
    Toda Tōshirō

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  • About

    The theme of windows and walls has fascinated Toda for some time. Windows link the outside and the inside; they are the conduits to dreams and fantasy. However the window is defined by the two worlds on either side of it: darkness on both sides silences the window's existence.

    In this print, the glowing light beyond the window and the concreteness of the wall to the right, create a metaphor for Zen enlightenment. According to Zen teaching, Bodhidharma, the Indian prince who brought the doctrine of Chan (or Zen) Buddhism to China in the early sixth century and who is revered as the First Patriarch of Zen, attained his enlightenment after nine years of implacable wall gazing. In Chan texts 'wall gazing' became a metaphor for the inexplicable suddenness of enlightenment. Toda evokes this association through the quietude and mysticism of his image.

    Toda now lives in Tokyo. He was born in Aichi Prefecture and educated at the Musashino Art University and the Sokei Academy of Fine Arts. He lived in France for a while and this experience deeply affected his own work.

    Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 93.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication