女の祭 Doll Festival (Onna no Matsuri)

Ushio Shinohara Japanese

While Shinohara initially drew inspiration from imagery associated with America, so prevalent in postwar Japanese society, in 1965 he turned instead to late Edo period (1615–1868), ukiyo-e woodblock prints and started the Oiran (courtesans) series. This print, Doll Festival, was created for the first exhibition from the series which was held at the Tokyo Gallery in 1966, carefully orchestrated around the traditional March 3rd celebration, Hinamatsuri or “doll festival,” for girls. One can see how Shinohara combined East and West with the five silhouettes of figures—three kabuki actors and an oiran (high-ranking courtesan), surround a central figure wearing a western cowboy hat.
The proposed work is the first of an edition of 100, and it is a triptych of three silkscreen prints.

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All three panels of triptych

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All three panels of triptych

Object Details

Artist: Ushio Shinohara (Japanese, born Tokyo 1932)

Date: 1966

Culture: Japan

Medium: Triptych of color screen prints on paper; edition 1/100

Dimensions: Image (each): 28 × 19 in. (71.1 × 48.3 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: Bequest of William S. Lieberman, 2005

Accession Number: 2014.219.1a–c

William S. Lieberman , New York (until d. 2005; bequeathed to MMA)
Asian Art (36,215)