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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
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)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2004.1.36


Alternate Title: Meisho bijin awase: Sagami Shichirigahama

Marks
Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu”

Medium
Colored ink on paper; diptych.

Object Description
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.

Provenance
Purchased by Bruce Coats from Hara Shobo, in Tokyo in June 2004, using Aoki funds.

Publisher
Matsuki Heikichi

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