The Fox Woman, 1916

by Bertha Lum (1869 - 1954)

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The Fox Woman, 1916 by Bertha Lum (1869 - 1954)

Original Bertha Lum (1869 - 1954) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Fox Woman, 1916

Bertha Lum - American artist Bertha Lum was highly influential in introducing audiences outside Asia to Japanese and Chinese woodblock prints. She became fascinated with woodblock prints during her honeymoon trip to Japan in 1903, returning in 1907 and later to study printmaking. She learned to carve and print her own blocks, and began exhibiting in 1912 in Tokyo, showing internationally and winning prizes around the world. As a Western artist producing prints in the Japanese woodblock tradition, her works have a subtle elegance achieved through graceful line work and sophisticated color. Her woodblocks are highly collectible and sought after today.

Comments - Striking image of a fox woman, a beauty inhabited by the spirit of a fox. Her true nature appears as shadows of foxes behind her, with a glowing full moon at center right. Her sleeves blow in the breeze, and her kimono trails onto the ground around her in sinuous curves. A couple of foxfires or supernatural flames dance in the sky between the beauty and the shadow at right. A fantastic design with a very elegant, art nouveau sensibility. A classic Bertha Lum design.

Artist - Bertha Lum (1869 - 1954)

Image Size - 16 3/8" x 10" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with nice detail as shown. Horizontal centerfold. Slight thinning at corner, pinhole in each corner of image, repaired. Toning, a few creases. Please see photos for details.

The Fox Woman, 1916 by Bertha Lum (1869 - 1954)
The Fox Woman, 1916 by Bertha Lum (1869 - 1954)