Matsubara Naoko (b. 1937)
Boston, before 1974
9 3/8 x 9 1/2 inches (23.8 x 24.1cm)
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Purchased with the Print Revolving Fund, 1973
Contemporary print artist Matsubara admired Munakata Shikō, also featured in this exhibition. Like Munakata, Matsubara is interested in the expressive potential of the medium. Much of her work demonstrates a fascination for religious places and the social contexts that surround them. While living in Boston as a student, Matsubara became fascinated with the city. Here she depicts the Old South Church in Copley Square in the early morning. Matsubara is also well known for her illustrated books, often working with her novelist sister, Matsubara Hisako.