Kawabe Isshû

(Japan 1941 – )

Doll festival

Location
Not on display
Further information

Born in Miyasaki Prefecture in Kyushu, where he still lives, Kawabe was educated at Miyazaki University and Saga University of Education. His warmly coloured collage-style prints focus on young girls. In this print he contraposes an innocently naked young girl against the fragmented icons of the Doll Festival. The Doll Festival ('Hina Matsuri') is an annual event for girls held on the 3rd of March. 'Hina' dolls, which constitute a set representing emperor, empress, attendants and musicians in ancient court dress, are hierarchically arranged on tiered platforms, interspersed with miniature accessories and offerings; this practice of displaying dolls each year in the home dates back to the Edo period ( 1600-1867).

Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 53, 56.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Heisei period 1989–
Year
1991
Media
Print
Medium
screenprint
Dimensions
104.0 x 90.0 cm image; 120.0 x 100.0 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed l.r., pencil "Isshu". Not dated.

Credit
Gift of the artist 1993
Accession number
430.1993