Thursday, December 10, 2009

Chimei Hamada’s works collected by Uffizi Gallery: No.3

The third piece is Elegy for a New Conscript: A Flabby Sun Rises. It was made in 1952 by etching.

Most of his works aren’t so large that this one is especially small among them. But in the small surface, it expresses the vast continent of China in an excellent way, so it makes us forget the smallness of it.

In recent years, especially speaking of contemporary art works, they tend to be large to impress audiences. This work, however, a splendid one that makes us feel again that the value of the artworks doesn’t depend on their sizes.

The soldiers looking down and marching, the large rising flabby sun show exhaustion and despair from the everlasting road, endless war,