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Julian Opie: View Of Moon Over Manatsuru Peninsula - Signed Mixed Media

View Of Moon Over Manatsuru Peninsula
Signed Mixed Media

Julian Opie

£4,000-£6,000 Guide

This estimate blends recent public auction records with our own private sale data and network demand.

Mixed Media, 2009
Signed Mixed Media Edition of 50
H 90cm x W 125cm

Critical Review

Opie takes inspiration from Utagawa Hiroshige for his Japanese Landscapes series and is indicative of the artist’s extensive knowledge of Japanese art. View Of Moon Over Manatsuru Peninsula goes against the European art historical landscape tradition that alludes to a sense of depth through the use of foreground objects. This print denies any foreground detail with the city landscape cutting the image in half horizontally, and the reflections of light in the water work to add an element of abstraction to the image.

Much of Opie’s work has been compared to the digitally rendered landscapes of video games in the way that they mimic a simultaneously familiar yet otherworldly sphere. Indeed, this print is uncanny in the sense of familiarity it strikes within the viewer, in part due to Opie’s depersonalised, slick style rendered through computer technology.

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