Fortune Telling, 1926

by Takehisa Yumeji (1884 - 1934)

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Fortune Telling, 1926 by Takehisa Yumeji (1884 - 1934)

Original Takehisa Yumeji (1884 - 1934) Japanese Woodblock Print
Fortune Telling, 1926

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 - Great image of a modern beauty sitting at a table laying out cards to tell a fortune, looking up as she shuffles the deck. Her hair is bobbed and a brightly patterned scarf is draped around her neck. This appeared as an illustration in a 1926 issue of the women's monthly magazine "The Ladies' Graphic" (Fujin Gurafu). A terrific image of a 1920s Japanese woman.

Artist - Takehisa Yumeji (1884 - 1934)

Image Size - 8 1/8" x 6 3/4" + margins as shown

Condition - Nice color and detail. Light folds at corners, light spotting.

Fortune Telling, 1926 by Takehisa Yumeji (1884 - 1934)
Fortune Telling, 1926 by Takehisa Yumeji (1884 - 1934)

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