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Taninaka Yasunori "Obaasan no Hikkoshi (Old Lady's Move)"

I've always been a fan of Yasunori Taninaka's works and have been featured at the Tokyo Art & Antiques (former Nihonbashi Kyobashi Antique Festival) for the past few years. And so that as many people as possible can get to know Taninaka's wonderful world view, let's introduce it little by little on this site! So, as the first Taninaka work this time, I chose "Old Lady's Move" contained in Hyakkan Uchida's short stories "Osama no Senaka (The King's Back)" (popular version) published in 1934. This work was delivered as an illustration for the fairy tale in the short stories. Taninaka's original fantasy world (in range that does not scare children) is well expressed.

・ ・ ・ Trains crossing, pine branches, power poles, factories, houses, wells in front of the tunnel in the center. A scenery that looks like a theater stage is really effectively arranged within a height of 9 cm × width 11 cm. In front of the scenery, a man pulling the luggage cart, and after that, "... tears in the dent under her eye ..." A bent old woman with a cane and a parent and child seeing off.

What should be noted is that the old lady who plays the leading role is dared to be thinly printed to skillfully guide the viewer's eyes to her. This is probably done intentionally by "Jizuri (self-printed). Further imagining, it seems as if this thin printing also expresses the anxiety of the old woman who has to move unexpectedly and the thinness of the shadow where the fire of life is about to disappear. As expected, this writer isn't just a wanderer!


☆ For Taninaka, I think it's better to look at the Wiki than to write long here. https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E8%B0%B7%E4%B8%AD%E5%AE%89%E8%A6%8F(Japanese)

☆ What is "Jizuri (self-print)" ? : The prints (Ukiyo-e, etc.) between Edo and Meiji, were completed by division of steps. This is a term we use when the artist himself performed all the steps of rough sketching, engraving, and printing (sliding), thereby trying to enhance the artistry. On the other hand, there are also terms such as "machine-printed" ([white and black] and [print art]) and "post-printed" (things that were printed by a person other than the artist).

Reference price: 90,000yen

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