In thick, sketchy lines, this print portrays a scene in which a figure leans against a wall on the left, and a crowd of people look over a balcony on the right. The top half of the composition is taken up mostly by a ceiling with two lamps hanging from it.
(Cited from the book Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints) Oda Kazuma began his career by studying painting. While learning Western-style painting, he became interested in lithography. He was also influenced by his older brother, who was a lithography technician. While first associated with the Shin-hanga style, Oda Kazuma became deeply involved in the Creative Prints movement, or Sosaku-hanga, and in 1918 he was a founding member of Nihon Sosaku Hanga Kyokai. Oda Kazuma focused mostly on lithography, and his painterly style set him apart from his contemporaries. Oda Kazuma was particularly interested in portraying the developing urban landscape in Japan.
An angular bottle executed in two tones of white stands tall just to the (viewer's) right of center. To its left is a stack of gray drinking cups. Irregular blocks of various sizes and colors make up the rest of the field.
A Cubist still life, depicting a bottle and drinking cups. The perspective is mildly fragmented and, through the use of the blocks of color as well as the blocky objects, the space is flattened into discrete planes.
Signed and dated: E Berman 193. (final number of date has been cut off) On verso: No. 61. On sticker on backing: No 67 / Eugene BERMAN / Venetian Nocturne / The Zwemmer Gallery / 26 Litchfield Street / London W.C.2. On back of cardboard mount: No 61 / AD857