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Moon: A Modern Meiji Beauty, a supplement to the magazine The Housewife's Friend

Fan design sample print, Kneeling Nudes

Japanese Chromolithograph

Moon: A Modern Meiji Beauty,

a supplement to the magazine The Housewife's Friend

by Kaburaki Kiyokata, 1935

Fan design sample print, Kneeling Nudes

IHL Cat. #1803
 
IHL Cat. #2105

About This Print

Two copies of this chromolithograph which was one of three long pillar-format bijin prints, titled Snow, Moon and Flower  issued as special supplements to the January 1935 issue of the magazine The Housewife's Friend (Shufu no tomo).  The other two artists contributing designs were Yamakawa Shūhō (1898-1944) and Itō Shinsui (1898-1972). 

left: Flower by Yamakawa Shūhō
center: Moon by Kaburaki Kiyokata
right: Snow by Itō Shinsui

Shufu no tomo began publishing in 1918 using the slogan "Once you're married, it's Shufu no tomo."Print runs for the magazine were in the tens of thousands, hitting over 300,000 in some months.2

The below inscription appears in the top margin of the print, left of center:

朧夜のおぼろな月から抜け出たような美人こそは、清方画伯ならぬば描くことのできない詩情であります。帝展出品画よりも、すぐれた作とまで言われております。

No one but a great artist like Kiyokata could have captured the lyrical mystery of an exceptional beauty, one whose countenance evokes the mysterious luminosity of a misty moonlit night. This work exceeds even the superb artwork that Kiyokata had previously submitted [perhaps the reader knows that the jury awarded it a top prize] to the Imperial Art Exhibition.3

1 Turning Pages: Reading And Writing Women's Magazines in Interwar Japan, Sarah Frederick, University of Hawai'i Press, 2006, p. 84.
2 Ibid.
3 With great thanks to Lynn Katsumoto, translator and Japanese art historian extraordinaire.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #1803
 Title 
 
Moon: A Modern Meiji Beauty
 月 明治風俗美人 
 Series
主婦之友附録 Shufu no tomo furoku
(第十九巻 第一號) 
a supplement to the magazine The Housewife's Friend (Volume 19, Number 1)
 Artist 
 Kaburaki Kiyokata (1878-1972)
 Signature 

 
Kiyokata 清方
 
(帝國美術院會員) Member of the Imperial Art Academy
鏑木清方 畫伯筆 画伯筆 gahaku hitsu
from the brush of master artist Kaburaki Kiyokata




 Seal  清 Kiyo seal (see above)
 Publication Date  January 1, 1935
主婦之友 (第十九巻 第一號) 附録
(昭和九年十二月十日印刷納本 - 昭和十年一月一日行發 大正六年二月十日第三種郵便物認町)
 Edition  
 Publisher
 Shufu no Tomo Co. Ltd
 Printer  
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - characteristic insertion folds; light toning
 Miscellaneous  
 Genre  bijin kuchi-e
 Format  
 H x W Paper  42 7/16 x 9 7/8 in. (107.8 x 25.1 cm)
 H x W Image  40 15/16 x 9 3/8 in. (104 x 23.8 cm) 
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last revision:
10/10/2020
9/26/2020
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