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Bon Odori

White Plum from the book Nihon no Hana
 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Bon Odori

by Maekawa Senpan, 1956

White Plum from the book Nihon no Hana


IHL Cat. #1079

About This Print

Senpan's rendition of the Buddhist custom of Bon Odori (bon dance) during which one's deceased relatives are celebrated.  A high wooden scaffold (yagura) is assembled especially for the festival and it is the center for the dance as well as serving as the bandstand for musicians and signers.


Oliver Statler's Comments
Source: Modern Japanese Prints: An Art Reborn, Oliver Statler, Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1956, p. 47.
Writing in his seminal book Modern Japanese Prints: An Art Reborn published in the year this print was issued, Statler comments on the artist:

People are his main interest, the ordinary people of Japan, and although he sometimes shows them at work, he likes best to catch them when they are enjoying themselves.... Among his best prints are A Spa, An Inn at Kamisuwa, Autumn in a Mountain Village, Cherry-Viewing Dance..., Plum Orchard, Shadow-Picture Play, and the recent, gay Bon Odori.  



Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #1079
 Title/Description  untitled (Bon Dori 盆踊り)
 Series  
 Artist 
 Maekawa Senpan (1888-1960)
 Signature 
 in pencil

 Seal
 not sealed
 Publication Date  1956
 Publisher  self-published
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  good
 Condition  good - overall light toning and mat line outside image area
 Miscellaneous  
 Genre  sosaku hanga (creative prints)
 Format  
 H x W Paper  15 7/8 x 12 1/4 in. (40.3 x 31.1 cm )
 H x W Image  15 x 11 1/2 in. (38.1 x 29.1 cm)  
 Reference Literature 
 Collections This Print  Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 1978.302
created: 9/29/2014
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