Towing by Isaku Nakagawa

Towing by Isaku Nakagawa

Towing

Isaku Nakagawa

Title

Towing

 
Artist

Isaku Nakagawa

  1899 - 2000 (biography)
Year
c. 1960  
Technique
woodcut 
Image Size
8 11/16 x 12 3/4" image siz 
Signature
artist's seal in image, lower right corner 
Edition Size
not stated 
Annotations
unidentified red seal, possibly printer's, in image, lower right side 
Reference
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo: P00251 
Paper
fibrous cream Japanese laid 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
QUHI127 
Price
$225.00 
Description

Printmaker and painter Isaku Nakagawa’s roots in traditional Japanese arts and crafts continued to influence his work long after he delved into Modernism. He began designing fabric on the heels of a successful color woodcut career, during which he became known for the elaborate kimono patterns in his depictions of fashionable women.

In “Towing,” he has stripped his composition down to the barest elements, relying solely on texture and well balanced contrast, yet the stamp of his artistic path shows through in his use of unique, individual patterns for each of the figures’ clothes, how they reflect on the tide-rippled sand, and how the background elements (the boat, the landmass) mimic the patterns.

 
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