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Title

Poor man's banquet

1990

Artist

Tsuchiya Masao

Japan

1913 - 2008

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  • Details

    Alternative title
    Kobore-mono no utage
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
    Date
    1990
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    kappa stencil and silkscreen
    Edition
    3/30
    Dimensions
    80.0 x 55.0 cm image; 90.0 x 60.0 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r., in Japanese, pencil "Tsuchiya Masao" [and artist's seal]. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 1993
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    471.1993
    Artist information
    Tsuchiya Masao

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    Folk art is distinguished by its rough immediacy and directions. Whereas folk art, in the form of prints, ceramics and various other utilitarian objects, had existed for centuries, it was Yanagi Soetsu (1889- 1961) who articulated its aesthetic parameters and defined it as a movement that developed an international following.

    In this print Tsuchiya depicts two paupers drinking from a simple wine flask, against a blank background. All elements extraneous to their enjoyment of their wine have been eliminated. Tsuchiya has chosen to give his figures the masks of characters in a Kyogen play, a form of theatre used as the comic interlude in a Noh performance. He thus depersonalises their enjoyment, moving from the specific to the general. His point is that the unfortunate enjoy life despite their hardships - in fact they can get more pleasure from life than those who might have more.

    Tsuchiya was born in Tokyo and still lives there. Like Akiyama (Acc.no. 405.1993) he too had studied under Munakata Shiko, the master of strong black and white figurative folk images.

    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