unsigned; two ladies wearing brightly-patterned dresses seated at a table in foreground; woman at right wears black dress with blue and brown leaf pattern and red hat with white feather and flowers and green and gold feathered fan; woman at left wears peach and yellow dress with white, yellow and blue flowers; red flowered garment on back of same woman's chair; four dancing couples in center middle ground

Dancing at the New Carlton Café in Shanghai, 1924

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In 1924 Kōka created a set of ten prints that includes images of beautiful women, landscapes, and bird-and-flower pictures. Part of the set is an unusual interior view of a modern dance hall in booming, bustling Shanghai. Dancing at the New Carlton Café in Shanghai (Odori Shanhai Nyū Karuton shoken) features thoroughly modern women in Western gowns and bobbed hairstyles. An anomaly not only in Kōka’s oeuvre but for the entire shin hanga movement, the image reflects the shifting interests and chic fashions of ‘The Roaring Twenties’ in East Asia. The print is actually an improved version of the same subject as featured in a painting he created earlier that year.

Exhibitions
  • Seven Masters

    Saturday, September 26, 2015 - Sunday, March 13, 2016
Details
Title
Dancing at the New Carlton Café in Shanghai
Artist Life
1886 - 1942
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2014.35
Catalogue Raisonne
Marks, Seven Masters, 2015, fig. 8, p. 70.
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unsigned; two ladies wearing brightly-patterned dresses seated at a table in foreground; woman at right wears black dress with blue and brown leaf pattern and red hat with white feather and flowers and green and gold feathered fan; woman at left wears peach and yellow dress with white, yellow and blue flowers; red flowered garment on back of same woman's chair; four dancing couples in center middle ground