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Noh Twelve Months: Izutsu

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Sofu Matsuno, Japanese, (1899–1963)
Noh Twelve Months: Izutsu, 1956
Ink on cardboard
10 13/16 in. x 9 3/8 in. (27.43 cm x 23.88 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Purchase by the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2007.1.109


Commentary
As the ghost of Lady Izutsu looks deep into the well, the chorus chants her thoughts: “Although it is my form, the reflection brings feelings to my heart.” The artist suggests her strong emotions as she learns forward, dropping her sleeve into the wellhead and waving her fan as if to clear her vision. The spray of drying autumn grasses adds to the lonely setting. Printed on a thick, decorative shikishiban cardboard.

The ghostly appearance of Lady Izutsu is reinforced by the thin washes of color that define the actor’s robes, especially in contrast to the dark lines creating the image of the wellhead. With downcast eyes and sleeve raised as if to wipe away tears, the actor suggests the sadness of the spirit’s recollections.

As the ghost looks deep into the well, the chorus chants her thoughts:

“Although it is my form, the reflection brings feelings to my heart.”

The artist suggests her strong emotions as she learns forward, dropping her sleeve into the wellhead and waving her fan as if to clear her vision. With downcast eyes and sleeve raised as if to wipe away tears, the actor suggests the sadness of the spirit’s recollections. The spray of drying autumn grasses adds to the lonely setting.

Object Description
Printed on a thick, decorative shikishiban cardboard.

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