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Kurofuneya by Takehisa Yumeji (1884 - 1934)

Takehisa Yumeji (1884 - 1934) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Kurofuneya

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 - Lovely image of a young woman sitting on a wooden crate cradling a black cat to her chest. She wears a gold and red striped kimono with a red collar, tied with a green obi. The repeated blacks of her hair, the cat, and the trim on the crate lead the eye gracefully through the composition, the curl of the cat's tail echoing the robe as it falls over her knees. A charming design. The first time we've seen this subject in reprint.

Artist - Takehisa Yumeji (1884 - 1934)

Image Size - 18 1/2" x 7" + margins as shown

Condition - Excellent color and detail. A few creases at edges.

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

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