Etching, dry point, woodblock print, 30 x 21 3/8 inches, by Noboru Sawai. Shows a large plate of fish on the table, with four small plates above on the wall. It celebrates a catch of fish caught by fishermen living on an island in the Inland Sea of Japan, where Noboru was born. The plump fish have been expertly and beautifully drawn, using a combination of printmaking techniques. The large plate has a border of naked figures echoing Picasso; the small plates have images taken from Japanese and Western sexual art. The emotional clash of Asian and Western cultures in a Japanese person is Noboru's perennial theme. Noboru studied with Toshi Yoshida and presently has a studio in Vancouver, Canada.
Sawai, Noboru (b. 1931)
Flaten Art Museum
St Olaf College
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Japan - Modern 1868 - present
Gene and Margaret Skibbe Collection
Sawai, Noboru (b. 1931), “Fisherman's Dream,” ASIANetwork IDEAS Project, accessed December 4, 2023, https://ideasproject.org/items/show/2647.