Café Terrace with Posters

Yuzo Saeki1927

Bridgestone Museum of Art, Ishibashi Foundation

Bridgestone Museum of Art, Ishibashi Foundation

This work depicts a café near Saeki's studio, in Paris's 14th arrondissement. The inscription "UZO SAHEKI/ A PARIS/ NOV 27/ HOTEL DU MARCHE" at the upper right tells us that Saeki painted it in November of 1927, during his second visit to France. During that period, many of his works include lettering, in swift, dancing brushwork; some researchers of his work regard that brushwork as indicating the influence of Japanese calligraphy. Here the lettering has been recomposed decoratively to work within the painting as a whole and to serve an important function by adding motion to the composition. The vibrant colors of the posters and tables burst vigorously beyond their perimeters to create a bright, rhythmical effect.

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  • Title: Café Terrace with Posters
  • Creator: SAEKI Yuzo
  • Date Created: 1927
  • Technique: Oil
  • Physical Dimensions: w654 x h542 cm
  • Object Title: テラスの広告
  • Artist Name: 佐伯祐三
  • Medium: canvas