Nakayama François Masami (1898-1979)
22 7/16 x 16 15/16 inches (57 x 43 cm)
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gift of
Albert J. Caplan, 1969
This print of an abstracted Mount Fuji stands out as a thoroughly modern representation of a traditional “famous place.” A painter, engraver, muralist, and printmaker from Kobe, Nakayama took on the French name François after studying copperplate engraving in France in 1924. This print is made using the collograph technique, where the artist adheres a collage of various materials to a block to produce a varied surface. The block is then inked and printed onto paper, creating deep relief and varied textures.