Sento Giclee Art Print

 65.00

High-quality Giclée print
310 gr German Etching / Hahnemühle paper

Signed and numbered in edition of 50
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Sento Giclee Art Print

Sento Giclee Art Print

Maaike Canne is an illustrator and artist living and working in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Her illustrations all have this super thoughtful surreal quality to them, almost like there’s a bigger riddle at play and each work is another clue. Yet her murals have this whimsical larger than life vibe that makes you feel like a small little kid tasting ice cream for the very first time.

Some background information on this work:
Sentō are public bathhouses that customers pay to use. Japan has a rich culture of bathing, both Sentō and Onsen (hot springs) are very common. From the outset, the custom was believed to not only wash the body but also cleanse the soul and improve one’s health. That understanding continues in present day Japan.

Japan is home to many volcanoes, which is why there are more than 20,000 onsen facilities located across the country. In Tokyo alone there are about 750 sentō. These sentō have changing rooms with high lattice ceilings, small courtyard gardens, and large murals painted above the baths. The murals often depict Mount Fuji. Bathers soaking under the paintings are made to feel like they are in the waters around the mountain, purifying their bodies as in some ancient ritual.

The number of sentō in Japan is declining because more homes are equipped with baths. However, enhanced versions of bathhouses, known as “super sentō,” have been growing in popularity. Super Sento offers spa baths, onsens, different kinds of bathtubs, as well as saunas.  Ordinary sentō are considered public facilities and so can benefit from local government subsidies.