Illustration of calisthenics for elementary education

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Maker(s)
Artist: Inoue Yasuji (1864 - 1889)
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, late 19th century
Medium
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 35.7 x 23.3 cm (14 1/16 x 9 3/16 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Gift--the Elizabeth D. Woodbury collection of prints from Meiji Japan
Collection
Elizabeth D. Woodbury collection
Accession Number
S1999.41
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Print
Type

Woodblock print

Keywords
calisthenics, Elizabeth D. Woodbury collection, Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), student, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

From the 1960s to 1999
Elizabeth D. Woodbury, Japan and Alexandria, VA, purchased in Japan in the 1960s [1]

From 1999
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, given by Elizabeth D. Woodbury in 1999

Notes:

[1] According to Provenance Remark 1 in the object record.

Previous Owner(s)

Elizabeth D. Woodbury

Label

This charming design celebrates the modernization of Japan's educational system by portraying Japanese elementary school students as they perform calisthenics to improve their health. Girls and boys whose dress ranges from traditional split trousers to Western styles perform calisthenics and weight training. An older woman dressed entirely in kimono appears to be a parody of a teacher demonstrating the exercises while wearing the restrictive traditional garment.

Published References
  • p. 70.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum