Tanaka Shinsui (1902–1979)

Hokuetsu no ama (Divers of Hokuetsu)

Tanaka Shinsui (1902–1979)

Item number: T-4187
Size: H 85.4" x W 140.9" (217 x 358 cm)
Era: Showa era (1926-89)

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Over-sized four-panel screen

Colors on paper

The painting features a group of ama (female divers), wrapped warmly in strikingly striped local textiles, resting on the shore after an exhausting bout of free-diving. Emphasizing the women’s famous toughness and independent spirit, the artist communicates the spirit of the remote north-west coast to his sophisticated urban audience. The screen was first shown at the special exhibition held in Tokyo in 1940 to commemorate the 2,600th anniversary of Japan’s Imperial House and published in the accompanying catalog.

Exhibited and published at the special exhibition held in Tokyo in 1940 to commemorate the 2,600th anniversary of Japan’s Imperial House.

A successful artist, Tanaka exhibited extensively, including at the national exhibitions of Teiten 8 9 10 11 13 14 15, Shinbunten 2 4 6, Hohukuten, and Nitten 2 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 12 13

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