Maria Kannon, 1924

by Takehisa Yumeji (1884 - 1934)

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Maria Kannon, 1924 by Takehisa Yumeji (1884 - 1934)

Takehisa Yumeji (1884 - 1934) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Maria Kannon, 1924

Takehisa Yumeji - Takehisa Yumeji was a leading artist and illustrator in Japan during the Taisho era. His romantic portraits of contemporary young women were extremely popular, and he designed many woodblock prints for newspapers, women's magazines, and book covers. His slender, languid women are drawn with expressive line work, and sometimes have a naive, almost childlike quality. Yumeji's work found an enthusiastic following in Japan, and today, there is a museum devoted to him in Okayama, his birthplace. While there was little foreign interest in his work prior to his death in 1934, in subsequent decades Yumeji's prints have become very popular and highly sought after by collectors. 

Comments - Intriguing Yumeji image called Maria Kannon, the name used for the Virgin Mary in the guise of the Japanese Goddess Kannon. In the foreground, a European explorer or priest wearing a white ruff collar and cuffs dangles a cross from a chain, with sailing ships in the background above, while a modern beauty holds her fingertips to her chin with a thoughtful expression. The artist designed this woodblock for the November 1924 issue of the women's monthly magazine "The Ladies' Graphic" (Fujin Gurafu). An interesting design combining fascinating Western and Japanese imagery. This reprint beautifully captures the color and spirit of Yumeji's original work.

Artist - Takehisa Yumeji (1884 - 1934)

Image Size - 7 7/8" x 3 1/2" + margins as shown

Condition - Excellent color and detail. No issues to report.

Maria Kannon, 1924 by Takehisa Yumeji (1884 - 1934)
Maria Kannon, 1924 by Takehisa Yumeji (1884 - 1934)

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