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Title

Human studies (C)

1991

Artist

Tomihari Hiroshi

Japan

1936 -

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  • Details

    Alternative title
    Hito, hito kô (c)
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
    Date
    1991
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    woodcut
    Edition
    4/50
    Dimensions
    76.7 x 57.0 cm image; 84.0 x 63.5 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., pencil "H.Tomihari '91".

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 1993
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    470.1993
    Artist information
    Tomihari Hiroshi

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  • About

    The artist Hishikawa Moronobu (c.1618-1694) is popularly credited as the founder of the 'ukiyo-e' style. Important as a painter and an illustrator, it was his genius as a figure painter that created the single standing female figure portrayal ('bijin-ga') that served as a symbol of Japanese womanhood in the Edo period (1615-1867). The most famous image of this talented pioneer was a 1690s portrait of a walking girl looking over her shoulder.

    Tomihari has taken this most famous Moronobu image and used it as the central motif of his composition. The image is repeated in varying degrees of clarity, conjuring up ghosts of courtesans past, while images of the modern pin-up equivalent, and the night lights of the pleasure quarters, pulse through the composition.

    Tomihari re-interprets a traditional subject in terms of the sensitivity of modem society. He adheres to the traditional technique of the woodblock from respect for its directness and its long history in Japan. He was one of the early leaders in the more recent revival of woodblock, using only a varied surface of black and white to create his complex, allusive and rhythmic images. In this print various forms share the same contours; by the contours they are related to each other, and the contours could be rhythmically repeated to infinity.

    He was born in Ibaraki Prefecture, educated at Ibaraki University and now lives in Saitama Prefecture.

    Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 96.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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