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In Japan, carps are a symbol identified with boys, who wish to become as strong and persistent as those fish. Each year, during Japanese Children's Day, which formerly was solely Boys' Day, parents hang kites on flagpoles located near their houses resembling wind socks that indicate the strength and direction of the wind. They are in the shape of carps, and the colour of each carp is related to the person it symbolises: the black carp is for the father, the red one — for mother, other colours are for children. According to old beliefs, flags are hung high in order to attract the attention of protective gods that are high in the sky.

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Among the more than one hundred sketches by Andrzej Wajda during his travels around Japan, there are also koic carps which he saw at an exhibition in Tokyo. As is the case of his other sketches from Japan, this one also constitutes a capturing of a passing moment. The view that has remained in the artist's mind allows us, its viewers, to see those fish swimming under the surface of the water, rubbing against each other, and shimmering in the sunshine.
In Japan, carps are a symbol identified with boys, who wish to become as strong and persistent as those fish. Each year, during Japanese Children's Day, which formerly was solely Boys' Day, parents hang kites on flagpoles located near their houses resembling wind socks that indicate the strength and direction of the wind. They are in the shape of carps, and the colour of each carp is related to the person it symbolises: the black carp is for the father, the red one — for mother, other colours are for children. According to old beliefs, flags are hung high in order to attract the attention of protective gods that are high in the sky.
Andrzej Wajda's drawing has an open composition — not all of the fish are captured in their entirety and they seem to leap out of the small surface of the sheet of paper. They are arranged in such a way that they resemble patterns painted with the use of stencils on yukata summer dresses. Large motifs of water animals are most often placed on boys' clothes.
Both the colours of the drawing, as well as the depiction's painterly quality remind us of the fact that, for three years, Andrzej Wajda studied painting in the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. Although he gave up his studies and moved to the Film School in Łódź, the need to draw has always been deep inside him. To this day, while planning something, he always sees everything in pictures. A colour pencil or a camera are only tools used to preserve those pictures.

Elaborated by Aleksandra Görlich (The Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology), editorial team of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums, © all rights reserved

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“Fish” — a drawing by Andrzej Wajda

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