Tanaka Ryohei | Japanese Etching | Adashino, (Stone Buddhas in Kyoto | 1965

Mr. Ryohei Tanaka travels a lot to sketch his subjects on the spot. He does not invent places. On Ryohei’s images you will hardly ever find any humans at all. The houses look deserted – and many actually are. Ryohei Tanaka has devoted his life to perfect images of old rural Japan as it once was and as it still can be found with all signs of decay. He does not want to create impressions nor expressions. He wants to show this world as precise and realistic as he can by making perfect images. Photography could hardly catch the essentials of reality as well as Ryohei Tanaka’s etchings do. Exceptional condition and numbered 60/100. Dimensions: 12-5/16”” x 10-11/16”.

About the Artist—

Tanaka Ryohei was born in 1933 in Osaka prefecture. He began to study etching at the age of thirty with Furuno Yoshio. The next year he became a member of the Kyoto association and began to exhibit his work publicly in 1966.  For A Fool’s Life Tanaka made a dozen etchings, each one emblematic of the protagonist’s brooding solitude.  At most, there are hints of human presence in these images, a concealed door, a group tombstones that appear to huddle together, placed at one end of long diagonal bracketed by tiny indeterminate pink flowers. As has been typical of Japanese artists for centuries, Tanaka rearrange Western notions of perspective, in one instance the better to display the beautiful asymmetry of the renowned Kyoto stonework.

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