TSURUTA Gorô

(Japan 1890 – 1969)

Contemporary women divers at rest

Location
Not on display
Further information

Tsuruta Gorô established himself at the government exhibitions (Teiten). He worked for the arts section of a newspaper in Korea from 1912, returning to Japan in 1919 via China and Siberia. This print was made after the artist's trip to Scandinavia, Germany & France in the early 1930s. Evident in this work is a kind of exoticism. The artist had seen Western paintings of bathers & he chose women divers who were confident in their bathing suits, rather than coy women at bath. The image is reminiscent of 'Beach Pattern' by Charles Meere.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Shôwa period 1926–1988
Year
1935
Media
Print
Medium
colour woodcut
Dimensions
26.2 x 39.2 cm image; 30.8 x 44.2 cm mount
Signature & date

Signed l.r. [margin], ink "G.Tsuruta".
Dated l.l. [margin], ink "Shôwa jû-nen jû-gatsu saku [printed in October 1935]".
Signed l.l. [image], in Japanese, ink "[artist's seal]".

Credit
Purchased 1997
Accession number
212.1997