Watashi no guitar (Girl Playing the Guitar)

Accession Number

Watashi no guitar (Girl Playing the Guitar)

Nakayama Tadashi

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
color woodblock print on paper

35 3/4 in. x 22 5/8 in. ( 90.81 cm x 57.47 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of Sheila and Ronnie Cresswell

Subject matter
Nakayama’s works can be divided into three periods; the first (early) period from 1955-1964, the second (middle) period from 1965-1968, and the third (late) period from 1969 to his last painting. In the first period, the common theme is horses. Moreover, he began experimenting with portraying girls, although the girls aren’t as developed and controlled as in later periods. He began portraying butterflies of different colors and sizes, he experimented with architecture, and he painted in most brown and green shades. The second period, he developed a new theme where he started portraying the horses with flowers, mostly pansies and poppies, and butterflies. The background colors also became lighter than in the first period. During this period he became more comfortable and controlled with his work; there is greater depth and motion on the page. In the third period, the subject of the prints mostly portrays a girl and he starts to use more complicated patterns and colors. He also gained a greater mastery over showing perspective.

Physical Description
A girl is sitting with her head lowered playing a brown guitar on her lap. Her black hair is highlighted with white, gold, and red strands, red and blue columns of dots, and red and blue dots that form curls and border her face. She is wearing a white knitted sweater. The wall behind her has orange, yellow, gold, and brown horizontal stripes. The orange part of the wall has butterfly and floral designs.

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
color print

Collection Area

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butterflies (general)
color prints (prints)

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