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Before the Storm

A work made of color woodblock print.

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  • A work made of color woodblock print.

Date:

March 1920

Artist:

Ito Shinsui
Japanese, 1898-1972

About this artwork

Here Itô Shinsui pays homage to Vincent van Gogh’s painting Wheat Field with a Lark (1887). He zoomed in on one section of the field and emphasized the approaching storm—barely visible in the painted image—by covering the sky with a mixture of grays printed in layers, a technical feat in its own right.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of Asia

Artist

Ito Shinsui

Title

Before the Storm

Place

Japan (Artist's nationality:)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

1915–1925

Medium

Color woodblock print

Dimensions

32.9 × 23.8 cm (13 × 9 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Oliver Statler

Reference Number

1974.533

Extended information about this artwork

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