Mittsu no cho (Three Butterflies)Artist(s)Nakayama TadashiObject Creation Date1976Medium & Supportcolor woodblock print on paperDimensions
4 1/2 in. x 10 1/4 in. ( 11.43 cm x 26.04 cm )Credit LineGift of Sheila and Ronnie CresswellSubject 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 with her head and body in profile, her brown hair is highlighted with white, blue, and red strands, red and blue columns of dots, and red and blue curls bordering her face. There is a white butterfly with green, blue and yellow patterns in her hair. Across from her are two large and small brown butterflies with blue, red, and white patterns.Primary Object Classification Print Primary Object Typecolor printCollection AreaAsianRights
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