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Rinsaku Akamatsu, Japanese, (1878–1953)
Scenery of Osaka / Osaka Imperial University, No. 28, 1947
ink and colors on paper
8 7/8 x 11 13/16 in. (23 x 30 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Showa (Japan, 1926-1989)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2018.1.68


Alternate Title: Osaka Fukei / Osaka Imperial University, No. 28

Commentary
From the series, "Osaka Fukei," ("Scenery of Osaka"). Osaka Imperial University is the sixth oldest university in Japan. It was founded in 1869 as Osaka Prefectural Medical School. The school was later transformed into the Osaka Prefectural Medical College in 1919, and attained university status in 1930.

The index of the series notes, "The artist Rinsaku Akamatsu, an authority on Western-style painting in Japan, selected these 24 views of Osaka, known for their scenic beauty in Pre-War days."

2018.1.49, 2018.1.53, 2018.1.61, 2018.1.69 and 2019.1.29 are all part of this series.

Marks
The paper bears the artist's signature: "Rinsaku".

Medium
ink and colors on paper

Object Description
The work depicts a river with three boats in the foreground and a bridge in the middle ground, lined with neutral-colored buildings.

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