The Assembly Hall “S.M. La Emperatriz Michiko” from the Cultural Hispanic-Japanese Centre of Salamanca University will welcome until the 23th of June the exhibition “Art Dolls. Muñecas artísticas de Ohno Hatsuko”.
Artistic dolls were famous in Japan during the Edo period (1615-1868). These creations were admired by all the social classes, whether they were members of the imperial family, nobles, samurais, businessmen or agricultures. These dolls were present in their customs, including religious ones or traditional festive events.
The artistic dolls reached their biggest popularity during the 1920s. And, with the impulse of craftwork and the aesthetic, a movement arose to put them as a handmade object of a high artistic value. Dolls, which are not higher than 25 centimetres, transmit a personal story of love, emotion, happiness and humour. The details are more visible in each finger, carefully articulated, and in their facial expressions, painted with well-defined lines.
Ohno Hatsuko (1915-1982) was an artist inspired by the beauty of the artistic dolls. She studied under the supervision of Hori Ryujo (born name, Yamada Matsue; 1897-1984), who was one of the defenders of this artistic movement and also an artist who became a living national treasure.