YASUI Sôtarô

(Japan 1888 – 1955)

Artist and a model

Location
Not on display
Further information

Yasui Sôtarô, together with Umehara Ryûzaburô, dominated Western-style painting in modern Japan, particularly during the postwar period which is called the 'Yasui-Umehara era'. Yasui studied in France from 1907 to 1914 where he was most influenced by Cezanne. After a brief period of experimenting with different styles, by the end of the 1920s Yasui established what is often called 'Yasui style', a combination of dynamic composition, decisive colours and clarity of vision, which was best utilised in portraits.

This print (probably cut by Hiratsuka Un'ichi, one of the leaders of the Creative Print Movement which began in the 1910s) was produced in the same year as 'Kin'yô', his most famous painting which established his pre-eminence.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Shôwa period 1926–1988
Year
1934
Media
Print
Medium
colour woodcut
Dimensions
39.7 x 27.8 cm image; 45.0 x 32.2 cm mount
Signature & date
Signed l.r. [image] in Japanese., ink "[artist's seal]". Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1997
Accession number
211.1997