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Reverberations: Japanese Prints of the 1923 Kanto Earthquake

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Disaster in Karyu-Gai ( at Yanagi Bridge)

1926
20th Century
8 5/8 in. x 11 1/4 in. (21.91 cm x 28.58 cm)

Sengai Igawa, Japanese, (1876–1961)

Object Type: Works on Paper
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Medium and Support: Color woodcut on paper
Credit Line: Provenance Unknown
Accession Number: 1995.15.i
In Sengai Igawa’s print depicting the devastation caused by an earthquake in the early part of 20th century Japan,beauty is not sacrificed in his depiction of violence. All semblance of a realistic setting is lost. People and objects are lifted into a whirling cyclone in a sweeping circular composition, the delicate colors and line-work evoking a sense of otherworldliness. Despite the emotionally intense and violent subject matter, the artist manages to produce a mystic and somewhat gentle interpretation.

--Emily Landry, December 2014

Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Dimensions
  • Image Dimensions: 7 3/8 in. x 9 3/4 in. (18.73 cm x 24.77 cm)
  • Mat Dimensions: 16 in. x 20 in. (40.64 cm x 50.8 cm)
  • Sheet Dimensions: 8 5/8 x 11 1/4 in. (21.91 x 28.58 cm)

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