Modern Japanese Prints: The Juda Family Legacy

The Pavilion for Japanese Art
December 7, 2013–June 22, 2014

Traditionally, the production of Japanese woodblock prints entailed the cooperation of many separate individuals: designer, carver, printer, and publisher. In the early decades of the 20th century, some print artists sensed new possibilities of expression to be found in the print medium, and conceived of a creative process that emphasized hands-on production and the artist's direct participation in the execution of the finished work. This contingent of artists formed what was to become known as the sōsaku hanga (creative print) movement.

Helen and Felix Juda immersed themselves in this evolving Japanese print movement beginning in the early 1960s. As collectors, scholars, and promoters of the field, the Judas were instrumental in disseminating information about the artists and their works. They enjoyed introducing people to the field, exposing them to unfamiliar modes of expression, and bringing attention to a little-known contingent of creative artists. LACMA and the local Los Angeles community in particular benefited from their efforts, acquiring hundreds of prints donated or funded by Helen and Felix Juda and their family.

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Twentieth-century Japanese prints donated to LACMA by Helen and Felix Juda, and promised gifts and loans from the Juda Family and the Palmer Family.

Image: Yoshihara Hideo (Japan, Hiroshima, 1931–2007), The Other Side of the Bridge, 1965, Lithograph, etching, Image: 20 15/16 x 15 1/2 in. (53.2 x 39.4 cm) © LACMA, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Felix Juda, M.79.176.104.