Country Village

by Takehisa Yumeji (1884 - 1934)

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Country Village by Takehisa Yumeji (1884 - 1934)

Takehisa Yumeji (1884 - 1934) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Country Village

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 - Interesting view of a village in the country, with a figure playing the koto as she sits beside an arched doorway in a wall. Another women can be seen on a balcony above, her arms folded across her chest as she looks down. An arched bridge echoes the rounded shapes of the mountains beyond, dotted with trees. This reprint comes from a series of five designs titled "Legends of Snowy Nights" published by Kato Junji in 1963, based on Yumeji's earlier magazine illustrations.

Artist - Takehisa Yumeji (1884 - 1934)

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

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

Country Village by Takehisa Yumeji (1884 - 1934)
Country Village by Takehisa Yumeji (1884 - 1934)