Toraji Ishikawa, Beauty at the Bath, Modern Print


Artist: Toraji Ishikawa (1875-1964)
Title: At the Bath
Date: c. 1914-1936
Dimensions: 37.7 x 48.9 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

Shocking his audience at the time with his nudes, Toraji Ishikawa presents his model by the bath side. Although taking on this predominantly Western subject, Ishikawa illuminates the entire room and model's body, removing shadow and naturalistic tonal shading in traditional Japanese fashion. Trained in the yōga (Western pictures) style, Ishikawa would branch both artistic practices in order to invent his own pictorial vocabulary, eventually securing him an Imperial Award of the Japan Art Academy in 1953. Influenced highly by Art Nouveau, which was itself greatly inspired by Japanese art, Ishikawa's nude combines his own palette of contemporary and traditional techniques. The reflection in the water often omitted in earlier Japanese art, along with the intentionally flat and decorative arrangement, all contribute to Ishikawa's modern style of execution, emphasised most pronouncedly by the model's playful gaze.

Toraji Ishikawa

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Print FormatOther
ArtistToraji Ishikawa
SubjectBeauty & Female, Modern/Shin-Hanga
Dimensions37.7 x 48.9 cm
Condition ReportSlight discolouration around the margins and strip of tape on the back from the previous mounting. Minor creases on top.