Leaves Entwined in Wood

Artist: Ikuta Kōji 生田宏司 (Japan, born 1953)
Historical period(s)
Showa era, 1988
Mezzotint; ink on paper
H x W (image): 44.8 x 67.8 cm (17 5/8 x 26 11/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of the artist
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


Japan, Showa era (1926 - 1989)
Provenance research underway.

After training in Nihonga (traditional Japanese-style painting), Ikuta Koji turned to the Western printmaking techniques of engraving and mezzotint.

In this print, Ikuta reveals his mastery of the mezzotint technique. Images of dead leaves and wood are burnished from the roughened plate, which produces a rich, black tone when printed. Although he has concentrated on images of birds and flowers, often employing colors, Ikuta's earlier mezzotint designs are abstract arrangements that include dead branches and leaves. His ability to express texture and form are highly apparent in these monochrome works.

Collection Area(s)
Contemporary Art, Japanese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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