Heian Shrine, 1961
Color woodblock print
26 x 33 5/8 inches (66 x 85.4 cm)
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gift of Felix Juda, 1961
The strong horizontal and vertical bands that anchor
the composition of this print suggest the forms of the crossbeams and pillars of a building at Heian Shrine (Heian Jingū). The red background refers to the colors of the pillars at the shrine, while the black form in the foreground represents a decorative post cover. Reduced to these abstract architectural elements, this print captures our attention in its pure, quiet visual language, evoking a kind of meditative memory of the shrine for its viewers.