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Title

Shell kind

1945
1962

Artist

Munakata Shikō

Japan

1903 – 1975

No image
  • Details

    Alternative title
    Shôkeishô: kaizoku no saku
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Shôwa period 1926 - 1988 → Japan
    Dates
    1945
    1962
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    hand coloured woodcut
    Dimensions
    49.2 x 37.6 cm image; 55.3 x 43.0 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r., pencil "Shikô [in Japanese] Munakata [in English]" [and artist's seal]. Dated l.r., pencil "1962.12.31" [and artist's mark].

    Credit
    Purchased 1963
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    DO22.1963
    Copyright
    © MUNATAKA Shikô
    Artist information
    Munakata Shikō

    Works in the collection

    4

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  • About

    Munakata is one of the outstanding figures in twentieth-century graphic arts. He carved his own woodblocks, fervently advocating his own belief in "block-centredness": that by concentrating on the carving of the block all sense of self and self-consciousness would be lost and the image would emerge. Munakata's powerful, expressive images have a compelling immediacy and spirituality that burst beyond the borders of their sheet and reflect his admiration for Zen Buddhism and folk art. This print is from the 24-print series 'A Homage to Shôkei', his first major series after World War II. It is a tribute to the potter Kawai Kanjirô, a leading exponent of the folk art ('mingei') movement, and his kiln in Kyoto called Shôkei. Munakata was a prominent member of the influential folk art movement and Kawai's friend. The image was hand-coloured by Munakata and signed and dated in December 1962 when the Gallery's director Hal Missingham, acquired it in Tokyo. (Although the print was created in 1945, Munakata only signed and dated a print when it was sold.)

    'Asian Art', AGNSW Collections, 1994, pg. 227.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

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