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Kotatsu by Takehisa Yumeji (1884 - 1934)

Takehisa Yumeji (1884 - 1934) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Kotatsu

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 - Charming scene of two beauties in their private quarters, sitting with their legs extended under a kotatsu, a low table with a brazier placed beneath it, covered with a heavy quilt to keep in the warmth. The young woman at left studies a letter, a battledore and two shuttlecocks resting atop the kotatsu between them. Her companion looks up, hold three cards or books in her hand, her cheeks gently flushed with soft pink. The folding screen behind them features a blossoming plum tree against a shimmering metallic gold ground. A beautiful design with lovely color and fine detail. This reprint beautifully captures the color and spirit of Yumeji's original work.

Artist - Takehisa Yumeji (1884 - 1934)

Image Size - 7 3/8" x 11 3/4" + margins as shown

Condition - Excellent color and detail. A couple surface marks on mica at right.

Kotatsu by Takehisa Yumeji (1884 - 1934)
Kotatsu by Takehisa Yumeji (1884 - 1934)

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