by Elizabeth Keith (1887 - 1956)
From Fuji Arts’ Curated Tokyo Collection - We recently acquired an especially fine collection in Tokyo with prints from the Edo, Meiji, and shin-hanga traditions. All the prints are fine, interesting examples in nice condition. We’re excited to offer our Tokyo Collection prints with the discerning collector in mind. Shop the collection this month, and watch for the “A Fuji Arts Curated Tokyo Collection Print” subtitle to locate and shop from this beautiful collection. Bid or “buy now” as these fine prints are hard to come by.
Elizabeth Keith - Born in Scotland, Elizabeth Keith was raised in London, and spend much time drawing although she had no formal training in art. She joined her sister in Japan in 1915, finding inspiration in the Japanese landscape and people, and stayed for nine years. During that time, she traveled throughout Japan, China, the Philippines, and Korea, creating sketches and watercolors during her journeys. In 1919, the shin-hanga publisher Watanabe Shozaburo saw an exhibit of her watercolors in Tokyo, and began creating woodblock prints from her paintings. While she returned to England in 1924, she continued to travel and paint, and Watanabe continued to publish her designs until 1939. Her woodblock subjects are beautifully detailed and drawn, with a wonderful sense of location and a respect for the activities of people as they are going about their daily lives. Watanabe's skillful prints successfully translate the look of her watercolors into the difficult medium of woodblocks, capturing nuances of color and tone that give these images a painterly appearance. She created one hundred woodblock prints during her collaboration with Watanabe. Elizabeth Keith was also one of only a few Western women shin-hanga printmakers in Japan. Her lovely works are a wonderful choice for a shin-hanga collector.
Signed - Elizabeth Keith in pencil in margin at lower right
Publisher - Watanabe
Artist - Elizabeth Keith (1887 - 1956)
Image Size - 15" x 10 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. A few small tears at edges, repaired. Slight toning and soiling. Pencil notations on reverse. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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