This work ships from Brooklyn, United States.
Tatai means “battle” in Japanese. A young scholar contemplates two beetles fighting. He’s sketching something, or he creates a poem, perhaps, a haiku?
The haiku written on the banner translates as:
ONE LEAF FALLS
NOW, ANOTHER LEAF FALLS
IN THE WIND
"‘Tatakai’ initially held the meaning ‘battle.’ Perhaps this word can provide metaphorical value for this ink and watercolor lithograph. Japanese art movements have been affected by the relationship of the artist with their work, emphasizing visuals with incorporated language; here, a lithograph with a haiku. The delicate lines in this work indicate the thoughtful relationship between the artist and the print, representing some of the more recent Japanese art movements: shin-hanga, ‘new prints,’ which revitalized traditional ukiyo-e style prints with influences of Western art, and sosaku-hanga, ‘creative prints,’ focused on the artist as the sole creator motivated by self-expression.”
- Carley Nolan, student at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, M.A. Art Business, New York.