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Cloth by Takehisa Yumeji (1884 - 1934)

Takehisa Yumeji (1884 - 1934) Japanese Woodblock Reprint

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 portrait of a beauty stretching dyed cloth out to dry on slanted boards beneath a blossoming tree. She pauses to adjust the white cloth draped protectively over her head, her sleeves tied back with a sash and an apron tied around her waist. This subject appeared as an illustration in magazine "Woman's World" (Fujin sekai). 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 1/8" x 4 3/8" + margins as shown

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

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

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