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Cherry blossoms

Print, 1957

Description of the artwork «Cherry blossoms»

first print of 4.

In one of his earliest works, Sakura Blossom, the artist uses the traditional Japanese motif of mountains and sakura, but interprets it in a new way. Interest in color is expressed in the study of the interaction of a limited set of colors. The important point is to work with color nuances that reflect the general mood of the picture, since if only pure spectral colors were used, work with color would be reduced to a pattern. It Tadashige achieves in the picture not only a complex color, but also an extraordinary depth of color. The green mountains contrast with the pink sky, their light tone is set off by burgundy roofs and dark buildings. Thus, it combines work with color and work with tone, which is characteristic of the engraving of the twentieth century. The influence of European painting was also reflected in this trend, since the traditional Ukiyo-e engraving does not feature work with light and shade contrasts.

Quote by: Sofia Mezhneva

This is one of the earliest works of Ono, demonstrating greater optimism after the sad events of his earlier personal life, the disasters of the Pacific War and the isolation that his political position imposed on him. The change in tone is noted in his art by the fact that he first uses objects from the world of nature and landscape and, as a result, lightens his palette. Because of this clarification, his technique of applying one pigment on top of another begins to resemble the effects of stained glass. The simplification of forms, always hidden in his works, also becomes more apparent at this time, and in this example the stylization of hills and flowering cherries reveals a more traditional Japanese sensibility. Nevertheless, It still connects this ancient Japanese picturesque motif with the urban scene, although this time on the edge of green hills, and this time not overwhelming the natural world, but softened by it itself. Like many of his engravings of this period, the work is accompanied by a large hand-written lettering on thin Japanese paper with patches of black mulberry paper bark.

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Art form: Print

Style of art: Abstractionism

Technique: Engraving

Materials: Paper

Date of creation: 1957

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