27 October 1980 Japan
‘Kurofune-ya’ painting by Yumeji Takehisa (1884-1934)
The artist Yumeji Takehisa was an early example of commercial illustratior and graphic designer, as well as a poet. He was one of first artists who went abroad, tried to open a school for illustration and design.
This was painted on rolled silk on paper as ‘hanging’, around 1919. The title of this painting ‘Black Ship Inn’ came from the wodden box the model is sitting on – a sign of an inn named after a large ship from America, led by Matthew C. Perry. This ship, first arrived to Japan in 1853, was the direct force for Edo Shogun to open the counrty. Later, the image of Black Ship was turned positive, as symbol of Westernising and industrial development.