Azechi Umetarō (1902-1999)
Mount Aso, ca. 1954
Color woodblock print
11 3/4 x 16 3/4 inches (29.8 x 42.5 cm)
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gift of
Theodore T. Newbold, 1959
The abrupt form of the active volcano Mount Aso in the landscape is manifested in the sculptured angular shapes of this print. Azechi developed a passion for climbing while sketching sceneries en plein air and designed his mountains with the zeal of a conqueror of such a monument of nature. His artistic style also testifies to his deep respect and fascination with the subject of mountains. Though the artist chooses a somewhat somber palette, the scene communicates a sense of majesty rather than that of loneliness.