Kayama Matazo, Rafu/Hanga (Nudes/Prints), vol. 3 of Kayama Matazo zenshu/The Works of Matazo Kayama (Tokyo: Gakushu Kenkyusha, 1990), pl. 9.
Kayama Matazo byobu-e shusei (Kayama Matazo screen paintings)
(Tokyo: Shogakukansha, 1994), pls. 42, 43.
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Ozaki Masaaki, Nakabayashi Kazuo, eds., Kayama Matazo ten/Matazo Kayama Exhibition,
exh. cat. (Tokyo: Nihon Keizai Shimbunsha, 1998), pl. 52.
Kayama Matazo rafu no sekai ten (Kayama Matazo: Exhibition of the world of nudes), exh. cat. (Tokyo: Seibu Art Museum, 1986), color illustration.
Kayama was inspired by the nudes of Ishimoto Tadashi (see lot 48) in an exhibition of the Todoroki Association in 1972. "The nude female is a motif that I had long sought to depict," he wrote in 1998. "My sketches of the subject date from my years at art school. I noticed that it is extremely difficult to paint the nude female in Nihonga style. And yet there is something fabulously beautiful about the flesh lines of the Ukiyo-e style beauties that we all admire. I continued to think, next year, no this year, I will paint a nude, and for years this remained my unfinished task...for me there is some connection between cherry blossoms and nude women, and thus I created four works in which the nude forms dance beneath scattered cherry blossoms...the four works combined to form a sort of rhythm constructed to bring out the beauty of nude women." (National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, et al., Kayama Matazo ten...1998, pp. 91, 97)