viernes, 20 de abril de 2018

Utamaro (1753 - 1806) Japanese Woodblock 
Kamiya Jihei and Kinokuniya Koharu - Handsome double 

portrait from Utamaro’s esteemed series of famous young lovers. The courtesan Kinokuniya Koharu fell in love with Kamiya Jihei, a married paper merchant, who returned her affections. After receiving a letter from Jihei's wife, urging to her to stop the affair, Koharu and Jihei decide to commit lover's suicide rather than be parted. In this farewell scene, Jihei soberly blows out the flame of a paper lantern, Koharu pressed close to his side, smiling slightly as she knows they will be together forever. She wears a sheer black veil, beautifully rendered in a translucent tone over her face. A poignant image of these tragic lovers.
Artist - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 15 1/4" x 10" + margins as shown
Collection Cantú Y de Teresa
Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese: 喜多川 歌麿; c. 1753 – 31 October 1806) was a Japanese artist. He is one of the most highly regarded designers of ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings, and is best known for his bijin ōkubi-e "large-headed pictures of beautiful women" of the 1790s. He also produced nature studies, particularly illustrated books of insects.

Little is known of Utamaro's life. His work began to appear in the 1770s, and he rose to prominence in the early 1790s with his portraits of beauties with exaggerated, elongated features. He produced over 2000 known prints and was one of the few ukiyo-e artists to achieve fame throughout Japan in his lifetime. In 1804 he was arrested and manacled for fifty days for making illegal prints depicting the 16th-century military ruler Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and died two years later.
Utamaro's work reached Europe in the mid-nineteenth century, where it was very popular, enjoying particular acclaim in France. He influenced the European Impressionists, particularly with his use of partial views and his emphasis on light and shade, which they imitated. The reference to the "Japanese influence" among these artists often refers to the work of Utamaro.
Ukiyo-e Art
flourished in Japan during the Edo period from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. The artform took as its primary subjects courtesans, kabuki actors, and others associated with the ukiyo"floating world" lifestyle of the pleasure districts. Alongside paintings, mass-produced woodblock prints were a major form of the genre.Ukiyo-e art was aimed at the common townspeople at the bottom of the social scale, especially of the administrative capital of Edo. Its audience, themes, aesthetics, and mass-produced nature kept it from consideration as serious art.

In the mid-eighteenth century, full-colour nishiki-e prints became common. They were printed by using a large number of woodblocks, one for each colour.[Towards the close of the eighteenth century there was a peak in both quality and quantity of the work. Kiyonaga was the pre-eminent portraitist of beauties during the 1780s, and the tall, graceful beauties in his work had a great influence on Utamaro, who was to succeed him in fame. Shunshō of the Katsukawa school introduced the ōkubi-e "large-headed picture" in the 1760s.He and other members of the Katsukawa school, such as Shunkō, popularized the form for yakusha-e actor prints, and popularized the dusting of mica in the backgrounds to produce a glittering effect.

martes, 31 de octubre de 2017

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead (SpanishDía de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. In 2008, the tradition was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

The holiday is sometimes called Día de los Muertos in Anglophone countries, a back-translation of its original name, Día de Muertos. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico where the day is a public holiday. Prior to Spanish colonization in the 16th century, the celebration took place at the beginning of summer. Gradually, it was associated with October 31, November 1 and November 2 to coincide with the Western Christianity triduum of AllhallowtideAll Saints' EveAll Saints' Day, and All Souls' Day

viernes, 26 de mayo de 2017

Federico Cantú 1907-1989
Madona y niño

Federico Cantú

Al igual que muchos de los pintores Mexicanos Federico  trabaja con obra grafica y de caballete para la Colección de la Bernard Lewin Gallery , 
Es en 1969 cuando Federico Cantú hace una placa de Grabado con el tema de Madona y niño es Lewin quien le sugiere hacer un tiraje especial para su Galería y con la idea de temas por encargo Cantú dedicada los Lewin un nuevo estudio de logotipos
Esta obra que presentamos como impresión de primer estado es el antecedente de la obra de los Lewin.

Adolfo Cantú
Colección Cantú Y de Teresa