Five-Minute Museum

Japan's art deco interlude

Glimpse the breathtaking range of Japanese "deco era" art -- highbrow, lowbrow and everything in between

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    Exhibition organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.

    Artist unidentified, "Mon Paris, Paris March (Mon pari, pari kōshinkyoku)," 1928.

    Color lithograph.

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    Exhibition organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.

    Artist unknown, “Literary Song, The Trouble with Bright Eyes,” 1929.

    Color lithograph, ink on paper.

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    Exhibition organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.

    Ishikawa Toraji (1875–1964), "Dance," from "Ten Nudes," 1934.

    Ink and pigment on paper with mica.

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    Exhibition organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.

    Saitō Kazō (1887–1955) "Song of Miss Nippon," 1930.

    Color lithograph, ink on paper.

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    Exhibition organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.

    Yamazaki Kakutarō (1899–1984), Pair of Vases with Leaping Hares, c. 1942.

    Wood, lacquer.

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    Exhibition organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.

    Kurozumi Toyonosuke (1980–1955), "Seabathing at Shimotsui, Shibukawa, Tsuda Matsubara," mid-1930s.

    Color lithograph, ink on paper.

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    Exhibition organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.

    Andō Jūbei (1876–1953), "Cloisonné Vase with Diamond Patterns," 1930s.

    Enamel on metal.

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    Exhibition organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.

    Satomi Munetsugu (1904–1996), "Japan," 1937.

    Color lithograph, ink on paper.

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    Exhibition organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.

    Enomoto Chikatoshi (1898–1973), "Young Woman Adjusting Her Skis," late 1930s.

    Ink, powdered shell, silver, and pigment on paper.

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    Exhibition organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.

    Artist unknown, Haori Liner with Sheet Music Design, c. 1930. Silk.

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    Exhibition organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.

    Kobayakawa Kiyoshi (1899-1948), "Tipsy (Horoyoi)," first print from the series "Styles of Contemporary Make-up (Kindai jiseiso no uchi)," 1930.

    Ink and pigment on paper.

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    Exhibition organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.

    Chikueidō Eishin II (also known as Nakamura Kenji,1895–1970), "Okimono of Pair of Origami Cranes," 1930s.

    Gilt silver.

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    Exhibition organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.

    K. Kotani (dates unknown), "The Modern Song (Modan bushi)," 1930.

    Color lithograph, ink on paper.

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    Exhibition organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.

    Enomoto Chikatoshi (1898–1973), "Florida," c. 1935.

    Ink and pigment on paper.

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    Miki Suizan (1887-1957), "Fair Wind (Junpū)," 1933.

    Panel; ink, color, and mica on silk. Unglazed.

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