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by Ouchi Makoto (1926-1989)

Abstract

Color aquatint; ink and colors on paper, framed under glass. Born in Kawasaki, Ouchi started making prints around 1968. He exhibited with both Japanese domestic and international print groups and specialized in finely produced images of the faces of Edo-period Kabuki actors on stacked cubes, as in the Ross Museum example. One author describes him as follows: "Ouchi compresses the lapse of centuries in these piungent contemporary compositions and satirizes the ephemeral quality of time by the presence of butterflies and dragonflies that flutter incongruously along the edges of his works" (from Blakemore, p. 153). Another author notes his devotion to "the Kabuki Theater since childhood when he began spending much time around the actors, and through the years became familiar with their roles.… Ouchi explained that as time goes by, and as older actors pass on their roles to younger ones, though the actors change, they portray the characters in the same manner as before – generation after generation…[he] sees his Kabuki themes in a modern format which reflects his view of contemporary life…the cube to him represents the man-made confinement of mankind, the intrusions on man's freedoms. 'Right angles are made by man, while curved lines – of fruits, for instance – are made by nature.'" (from Johnson and Hilton, pp. 51-52).

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Materials may be used for educational, non-commercial purposes only. Acknowledgement to be given to the ASIANetwork-Luce Asian Art in the Undergraduate Curriculum Project and to the college from whose collection the work comes. The individual college retains copyright to the work.

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Publisher
Ohio Wesleyan University
PID
coccc:24741
Extent
1632 w x 2362 h, 72 ppi