Clay Image: Cellist (Deizo: Serohiki)

Artist: Suzuki Osamu (Japan, 1926-2001)
Historical period(s)
Showa era, 1987
Stoneware with red-brown iron slip and ash glaze
H x W x D: 42.3 x 31 x 19.2 cm (16 5/8 x 12 3/16 x 7 9/16 in)
Japan, Kyoto
Credit Line
Purchase -- funds provided by John and Marinka Bennett
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Sculpture


Japan, Showa era (1926 - 1989), stoneware
Provenance information is currently unavailable

Suzuki, whose career began in Kyoto in the years immediately following World War II, was a leading figure in the first generation of Japanese ceramic artists who used clay to create abstract sculptural forms. International abstraction is not the only reference in his nonfunctional works, however. His series Clay Images-hand-built shapes covered with reddish brown slip and ash glaze-explores visual and emotional relationships to ancient Japanese earthenware vessels, another important model for Japanese artists since the 1950s. Cellist, from that series, evokes a European musical instrument's form yet stands with the solemn poise of a Japanese tomb figure.

Published References
  • Inui Yoshiaki. Nihon no toji: Gendai hen. 8 vols., Tokyo. vol. 4: pp. 176-208, 248-252, 253, 254.
  • Contemporary Japanese Ceramics. Exh. cat. New York. .
  • Birds of Dawn: Pioneers of Japan's Sodeisha Ceramic Movement. New York. p. 55.
  • Gendai no togei. vol. 12, Tokyo. pp. 67-99, 152-167.
  • Dr. Frederick Baekeland, Robert Moes. Modern Japanese Ceramics in American Collections. Exh. cat. New York and Münsterschwarzach, Germany, December 1993 - August 1994. pp. 184-186.
  • Thomas Lawton, Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. pp. 340-341.
Collection Area(s)
Contemporary Art, Japanese Art
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