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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.     

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  • Place of origin
  • Date of manufacture
    1900
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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 67.5 in. x W 24.5 in. x D .25 in.

    H 171.45 cm x W 62.23 cm x D 6.35 mm

  • Seller location
    Chicago, IL
  • Seller reference number
    CLS003
  • Reference number
    LU82007725083

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