Mr. and Mrs. William E. Ward Collection Fund 1982.236
Tanaka's prints are a remarkable combination of meticulous, almost photographic details of the textures and surfaces of objects, and cropped forms, silhouetted against a blank white ground or flattened in compressed space. Tanaka's style might be seen as a fusion of the Western technique of etching with the flat forms and decorative compositions of traditional ukiyo-e woodcuts. Tanaka also reveals his cultural heritage in his choice of subject-the old-fashioned and now rapidly disappearing thatched Japanese farmhouse.
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