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Maker(s):Onchi Kōshirō
Culture:Japanese (1891-1955)
Title:#30 Dance Hall from '100 Views of New Tokyo'
Date Made:1930
Materials:woodblock print
Measurements:Sheet: 8 3/8 in x 10 5/8 in ; 21.3 cm x 27.0 cm; block: 7 1/8 in x 9 1/4 in ; 18.1 cm x 23.5 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2011.24
Credit Line:Purchase with the Samuel B. Cummings (Class of 1926) Art Fund
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
The first commercial establishment for social dancing opened in Yokohama in 1920. By 1930, dancing and the jazz that accompanied it had become so popular that Onchi included an image of a dance hall in his contribution to One Hundred Views of New Tokyo. The atmosphere in the dance halls was frequently sexually charged, and Onchi captures that mood, showing how the men and women clutch at one another in the dark interior as they move around the floor.
SM 2012

interiors; dancers; nightclubs; couples; figures

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