ÔTA Saburô

(Japan 1884 – 1969)

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Location
Not on display
Further information

Ôta studied oil painting at Hakubakai (White Horse Society) school of Western-style painting, and Japanese-style painting under Kôgyô Terasaki (1866-1919). He worked in illustrations, and his oil painting of the same title won the Third Prize at the government-sponsored annual art exhibition (called Bunten) in 1913. He worked in illustrations as well as painting, becoming a selector of the government-sponsored exhibition (renamed and called Teiten) in 1933. After the war, Ôta returned to his birthplace and became director of Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art in Nagoya.

Ôta did not produce many prints. This print is widely published and is recognised not only as the representative print of the artist but also an important icon of the period.

REFERENCES:

'Modern boy, modern girl: modernity in Japanese art 1910-1935', J Menzies (ed.), AGNSW, 1988, pg.33 (cat. no. 35)'Nihon kindai hanga-no ayumi ten [Progress of modern Japanese prints]', M
Hijikata et.al. (eds.), Nerima Art Museum et. al. (Tokyo etc.), 1993, pg.57 (cat. no. 090)

'Sôsaku hanga-no tanjô [The birth of Creative Prints]', Shôtô Museum of Art (Tokyo), 1999, pg.91 (cat. no. 157)

Asian Art Dept, AGNSW, October 1999.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Taishô period 1912–1926
Year
1914
Media
Print
Medium
colour woodcut
Dimensions
21.0 x 11.0 cm image; 21.7 x 11.8 cm sheet
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 1999
Accession number
185.1999