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Objet No. 2

Abstract print featuring a grid-like pattern of rectangular color blocks in green, yellow, and blue with a woodgrain pattern, red splotches dabbled throughout.

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  • Abstract print featuring a grid-like pattern of rectangular color blocks in green, yellow, and blue with a woodgrain pattern, red splotches dabbled throughout.

Date:

1954

Artist:

Onchi Kōshirō
Japanese, 1891-1955

About this artwork

Onchi Kōshirō likely made only three prints of this work, which required 22 printing stages. The checkered background is composed of impressions taken from blocks of wood, and then he used charcoal dipped in bright orange paint to scatter dots over the surface. He often used small objects found in nature, such as seashells and leaves, to make his prints. In a 1964 essay, his daughter described her father’s childlike enthusiasm for the items he picked up: “He had the same kind of wonder for butterflies and the same love for shells as children have. For him nature was the eternal source of fun.”

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of Asia

Artist

Onchi Kōshirō

Title

Objet No. 2

Date

1954

Medium

Woodblock and object print

Dimensions

60.8 × 45.6 cm (23 15/16 × 17 15/ 16 in.)

Credit Line

Kate S. Buckingham Endowment

Reference Number

1979.629

Extended information about this artwork

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