legs and lower bodies of kimono-clad figures wearing geta sandals, with their upper bodies hidden by large umbrellas; falling rain; multicolors

Umbrellas, 1915

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This is thought to be the first of twelve designs produced by the publisher Watanabe Shōzaburō and the Austrian painter Friedrich (Fritz) Capelari in 1915, marking the beginning of the shin hanga movement. After seeing an exhibition of Capelari’s subtle, romanticized watercolors of scenic views and local people—inspired by the artist’s time in China, Java, and Japan—Watanabe felt Capelari would be the ideal collaborator on a new type of print, featuring Japan’s modern character in a way that appealed to foreign tourists.

Exhibitions
  • Seven Masters

    Saturday, September 26, 2015 - Sunday, March 13, 2016
Details
Title
Umbrellas
Artist Life
1885 - 1962
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2014.66
Provenance
(Hotei Japanese Prints).
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legs and lower bodies of kimono-clad figures wearing geta sandals, with their upper bodies hidden by large umbrellas; falling rain; multicolors