Early 20th Century Japanese Laborers Scroll

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During Japan’s Meiji period (1868–1912), artists were exposed to Western art through more open diplomatic and trading relations. Artists began experimenting with unfamiliar techniques such as also modeling and pictorial perspective, incorporating these elements with traditional painting styles as they sought to create a modern Japanese style rooted in the past. Dating from around the turn of the 20th century, this scroll shows the artist showing off his understanding of Western perspective in the carefully modeled wood beams that line up to various vanishing points. However, the painter chooses to convey the scene in the traditional manner of monochromatic grey tones. Largely absent of outlines, the surrounding landscape is rendered in washes and repetitive brushstrokes to suggest foliage. In its marriage of old and new styles, the work perfectly captures the era’s stimulating confluence of ideas.

    
Details
Of the Period
Meiji
Place of Origin
Japan
Date of Manufacture
1900
Period
1900-1909
Materials and Techniques
Paint
Paper
Condition
Good
Wear
Wear consistent with age and use
Dimensions
67.5 in. H x 24.5 in. W x 0.25 in. D
171 cm H x 62 cm W x 1 cm D
Dealer Location
Chicago, IL
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
LU82007725083
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