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Selection from the Permanent Collection of Chiba Museum of Art V


The exhibition selected from the permanent collection is now on view from July7 to August 1.

It includes Japanese paintings and woodblock prints from the 17th to the early 20th centuries


HYDE Helen, MENPES Mortimer, OTSUKI Bunichi, FUJIMORI Shizuo, MAEKAWA Senpan, and so on under the theme of "Enjoying the Cool of the Evening and Festivals".

It also includes etchings and a painting in tempera style by TERASAKI Takeo (寺崎武男) (1883~1967) who learned etching and tempera at Venice in Italy.

Here are some of them.

The title of the woodblock print above is 'Looking Capable': the Appearance of a Kyoto Waitress in the Meiji era, from the series Thirty Aspects of Customs and Manners by TSUKIOKA Yoshitoshi(1839~1892).

This print depicts the moment that a waitress working for a restaurant in Kyoto is hanging the paper lantern on the wall or the ceiling. At the same time she's inserting a kanzashi, an ornamental hairpin. He technically contrasted a warm color with a cold color.

The title of the print above is 'Seventh Month Pilgrimage at Asakusa Temple, from the series Boasting of Edo by UTAGAWA Kunisada(1786~1864). You see a hibachi, heating appliance, from which black smoke is coming. Visiting Asakusa Kannondo Hall (a temple dedicated to Kannon) on the ritual day of July 10th, it was believed to be given the same virtue as 46,000 visits. Kunisada drew the black smoke likened to the burning incense in front of the Hall.

UTAGAWA Kunisada drew strong Yakushae as the successor to his teacher UTAGAWA Toyokuni and drew Bijinga of working women, too.

The title of the woodblock print above is 'Going to the Fair' by HYDE Helen(1868~1919) depicting the scene of many children in the cargoes heading to the festival site.

She loved drawing the warm atmosphere between the children and the mothers.

HYDE Helen was born in Lima, New York, America. She flew to Paris in 1890 after finishing at the art schools in San Francisco and New York. In Paris she was inspired by Japonisme which attracted many artists then.

In 1894 she went back home to America and learned etching, then woodblock printings.

She visited Japan in 1899. Bernard Howell Leach gave her etching guidance, Emil Orlik, an Austrian woodblock print artist, woodblock printing guidance, and KANO Tomonobu , Japanese paintings guidance.

She had published woodblock printings depicting Japanese culture from a foreign woman's point of view for more than 10 years. Her works are now valued all over the world.

The title of the woodblock printing is 'Dancing Palanquin (輿)' by OTSUKI Bunichi(1897~1947).

You can feel the strong energy from the men carrying a heavy OMIKOSHI, portable shrine and hear them shouting, 'wasshoi, wasshoi'.

OTSUKI Bunichi was born in Kyoto. After graduated an art school, he became an elementary school teacher and devoted himself to teaching woodblock printings.

The title of the Tempera is 'Sea of Boso' by TERASAKI Takeo (1883~1967).

While he lived in Tateyama, he drew this Tempera.

You can see Mt.Fuji far away beyond the sea.

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