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Take no hitofushi, Yaguchi, 1897 (woodblock print, ink and color on paper)

Take no hitofushi, Yaguchi, 1897 (woodblock print, ink and color on paper)

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Take no hitofushi, Yaguchi, 1897 (woodblock print, ink and color on paper)

425509 Take no hitofushi, Yaguchi, 1897 (woodblock print, ink and color on paper) by Chikanobu, Toyohara (1838-1912); 35.9 -- 71.6 cm; Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, USA; ( Artist: Toyohara Chikanobu (1838-1912)
Meiji era, 1897
Detail of triptych 7272743); Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Media ID 25568716

© Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution / Bridgeman Images

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This woodblock print, titled "Take no hitofushi, Yaguchi, 1897" by Toyohara Chikanobu takes us back to the Meiji era in Japan. The artist's attention to detail and mastery of ink and color on paper is evident in this stunning triptych. The scene depicts a dramatic moment amidst crashing waves and pouring rain. A man and a woman stand bravely on a boat, facing the turbulent sea with unwavering determination. The woman exudes strength and resilience as she holds onto a drum, symbolizing her role as the heartbeat of their journey. Chikanobu's use of vibrant colors adds depth and intensity to the composition. The contrasting hues of blue evoke the power of the ocean while also highlighting the delicate features of both figures. This juxtaposition represents not only their vulnerability but also their indomitable spirit. As we gaze at this artwork, we are transported to another time - an era marked by change and transformation in Japan. It serves as a reminder that even in times of adversity, there is beauty to be found in our resilience. Displayed at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery within the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D. C. , this print from Chikanobu's collection showcases his talent for capturing both emotion and historical context through artistry.

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