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Hana to naraba ya 花とならばや

Landscape with village and two women

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Hana to naraba ya 花とならばや

by Takehisa Yumeji, undated

(after an earlier 1920 design)

The Rising Moon from the series A Collection of Takehisa Yumeji's Pictures in Woodblock Print


IHL Cat. #1256

About This Print

This undated print is a woodblock reproduction of a 1920 design by the artist created for the music publisher Senoo Ongaku Shuppansha.  The song title, in the left column in the upper right of the print, transcribes as:

花とならばや
Hana to naraba ya

The caption モツアル卜作曲 below the catalog raisonne entry below states the lyrics have been set to a composition by Mozart. The line above reading 惟一くらぶ作歌 , seems to indicate the work was created for a song or poetry club.  The catalog raissonee indicates the song sheet was the 15th in a series of 35 ballads published by this club.

 

 

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1256
 Title Hana to naraba ya 花とならばや
 Series originally appeared in the poetry book Samisen-kusa
 Artist 
 Takehisa Yumeji (1884-1934)
 Signature 
 unsigned
 Seal
artist's seal
 Publication Date Originally 1920, this edition unknown but likely after WWII
 Edition see above
 Publisher originally Senoo (Senow) Ongaku Shuppansha; this print unknown
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre fukusei hanga
 Miscellaneous 
 Format 
 H x W Paper 10 3/16 x 7 1/4 in. (25.9 x 18.4 cm)
 H x W Image 9 1/16 x 5 9/16 in. (14.1 x 9.8 cm)
 Collections This Print
 Reference Literature
 

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