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Takahashi Hiroaki (aka Shotei), Japanese, (1871–1944)
Around Omuro, c. 1930
Ink on Paper
9 7/16 in. x 14 7/16 in. (239.71 mm x 366.71 mm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Frederick S. Bailey
Accession Number: 54.1.84


Marks
Japanese text along the bottom of the right edge; along lower edge in pencil: "Near Omuro - Mt. Fuji - Miroaki;" Label on verso, upper right: Bai VI 16. Signed: Hiroaki.

Medium
Colored ink on paper; woodblock print.

Object Description
Color woodblock print with a blue and white image of Mount Fuji. This monumental image suggests both a realistic depiction of the volcanic peak, with its carefully striated slopes and an ethereal view that reveals its religious associations. When Hiroaki created this composition, Japanese politicians were beginning to discuss the sacred obligations they felt their nation had to unite Asia against European and American imperialism. Mt. Fuji became a symbol of that divine mission for a whole generation. The subtle shading Hiroaki used on the snowy summit reveal his interest in Western printing and painting techniques.

Publisher
Fusui gabo stamp.

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