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Firefly by Uemura Shoen (1875 - 1949)

Original Uemura Shoen (1875 - 1949) Japanese Woodblock Print

Fuji Arts’ special acquisition from Momose - This print is from a beautiful group of limited edition prints recently acquired from the archives of the publisher, The Momose Print Company of Tokyo. We purchased the entire balance of the publisher’s limited-edition inventory of all designs. They are only available on the secondary market and have become increasingly difficult to find. The prints were originally offered in a shin-hanga limited edition promotion from Momose. The Shinsui and Kaburagi beauties were sold for 280,000 yen each (approx. $2,750).

Comments - Beautiful shin-hanga portrait of a beauty sitting on a bamboo bench, watching a glowing firefly fluttering about the evening sky behind her. She looks over her shoulder with a sweet expression, a delicate pink flush on her cheeks and earlobe, and deeper pink lips. Her hair is pulled back into a tall knot, adorned with a tortoiseshell comb and hairpins. She wears a deep violet kimono with a design of white blossoms and leaves on the sleeve, tied with a tie-dyed pale blue obi. In 1948, Uemura Shoen became the first female artist to receive Japan's Order of Cultural Merit. A lovely image in a large format that would make a wonderful framed display.

Artist - Uemura Shoen (1875 - 1949)

Image Size - 15 1/4" x 18 1/8" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A couple creases and slight toning at edges. Please note, due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details. Otherwise excellent condition.

Firefly by Uemura Shoen (1875 - 1949)
Firefly by Uemura Shoen (1875 - 1949)