Pictures of Famous Places and Beautiful Women: Shichiri Beach, Sagami, undated (c. 1897-1898)
Ink on Paper
14 in. x 18 1/2 in. (35.56 cm x 46.99 cm)
Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu”
Colored ink on paper; diptych.
In this series, Chikanobu created a dramatic juxtaposition of multicolored close-up figural images with distant landscape scenes printed in blue and peach-colored inks. The detailed depiction of women continues the nishiki-e tradition that the artist has followed for decades, but the use of "blue color printing" (ao-zuri) is unusual for him and deliberately recalls the 1820'-1830's landscape and figural prints of Hiroshige and Hokusai, especially his depictions of Mt. Fuji. In this print, a woman in the foreground gestures to a mother and daughter walking along Shichirigahama, a beach near Kamakura, with a majestic image of Mt. Fuji rising beyond the pine studded cliffs around Sagami Bay. The light colors and thin fabric of the woman's garment gives a mid-summer looks to this image. Butterfly patterns adorn both her pale green inner robe and the medallions of her sash. She has a timeless quality, but the jeweled gold ring on her left hand makes this a modern image. Shading her eyes a woman looks over to the rugged cliffs at Suzumegaura where someone walks past several caves. A boat of tourists glides by.
For more information, please refer to the Chikanobu exhibition catalogue.
Purchased by Bruce Coats from Hara Shobo, in Tokyo in June 2004, using Aoki funds.
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