Lisa MilroyUntitled 1990

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Artist
Lisa Milroy (born 1959)
Title
Untitled
Date 1990
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 2030 x 2490 x 50 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, courtesy of Gretchen and John Berggruen 2004
Reference
T13697
Not on display

Summary

This painting depicts seventeen Japanese woodblock prints in an apparently haphazard arrangement on a plain white background. The prints appear to be reproductions of typical ukiyo-e prints, decorative scenes of domestic life in classical Japan. Women in elaborate and colourful kimonos walk through blooming gardens, apply make-up or tend to their children. The prints lie scattered, overlapping each other; those in the foreground cast shadows on those underneath. Each of the prints has a wide white border. They have the simple compositions and high viewpoint associated with their genre; the plain white background in some of the prints echoes the white background of the painting.

Japanese prints have inspired Western art since the mid-nineteenth century; their influence on Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting has been extensively documented… (read more)

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