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Theater Going (Kangeki)

Accession Number
1950/2.4

Title
Theater Going (Kangeki)

Artist(s)
Oda Kazuma

Object Creation Date
1920

Medium & Support
lithograph on paper

Dimensions
7 3/4 in x 12 in (19.68 cm x 30.48 cm);14 3/8 in x 19 3/8 in (36.51 cm x 49.21 cm);9 1/8 in x 15 1/8 in (23.18 cm x 38.42 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of the artist, through Mr. and Mrs. Yoshito Yamamoto

Subject matter
Oda Kazuma began his career by studying painting. While learning Western-style painting, he became interested in lithography. He was also influenced by his older brother, who was a lithography technician. While first associated with the Shin-hanga style, Oda Kazuma became deeply involved in the Creative Prints movement, or Sosaku-hanga, and in 1918 he was a founding member of Nihon Sosaku Hanga Kyokai. Oda Kazuma focused mostly on lithography, and his painterly style set him apart from his contemporaries. Oda Kazuma was particularly interested in portraying the developing urban landscape in Japan, such as this theater scene. (From: Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints) 

Physical Description
This print shows a seated audience at a theater. The three most visible figures wear kimono, the obi tied in the back, and kneel overlooking a balcony above the stage. The figures in the foreground are more clearly defined, the outlines of the figures in the background blend into one another to create a dark undefined area.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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Keywords
Figures
Japanese (culture or style)
Portraits
Ukiyo-e
audiences
balconies
eating
modern and contemporary art
shin hanga
sitting
theaters (institutions)
urban

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