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 - Excellent color and detail. No issues to report.