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'Living Corpse' by Tolstoi from the series A Collection of Takehisa Yumeji's Pictures in Woodblock Print

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

'Living Corpse' by Tolstoi

from the series

A Collection of Takehisa Yumeji's Pictures

in Woodblock Print

by Takehisa Yumeji, 1978-1980

(after a 1917-1918 design)

IHL Cat. #510

About This Print

One of twenty posthumous large-format prints created between 1978-19801 by the Kyoto publisher Kyoto Hanga-In, after earlier Yumeji illustrations.  These large-format prints are part of the series titled Takehisa Yumeji moku-hanga shu 竹下夢二木版画集 (A Collection of Takehisa Yumeji's Pictures in Woodblock Print).

Whether outdoors or in, Yumeji's girls always seem disassociated from their surroundings - lost in their own melancholy.  In this scene one can imagine the breakup that has just occurred.

This print is titled after Tolstoi's play The Living Corpse written in 1900 which tells the story of a "worthless husband's failure and final sacrifice."2


1Daiwa Shinagawa, President of Kyoto Hanga-In, confirmed the publication date for this print as between 1978-1980 in response to my inquiry made on May 1, 2012. She also confirmed that the series consisted of 20 prints.
2 "Tolstoy's Play 'The Living Corpse,' Stirs Russia", Herman Berstein, The New York Times, October 29, 1911.











Margin Inscriptions


竹下夢二木版画集
A Collection of Takehisa Yumeji's Pictures in Woodblock Print
 
京都版画院大江戸版
Kyoto Hanga-in, O-Edo ban
followed by information on the carver and printerAn old-style circular kiwame approval seal has been used on top.

Original Painting 1917-1918
click on image to enlarge
Source: Yumeji Takehisa, Complete Works of Modern Japanese Bijin, popular version, Volume 8, Shueisha, 1979

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #510
 Title/Description  "Living Corpse by Живой труп(Torusutoi)"(Ikerushikabane 生ける屍)
 Series  Takehisa Yumeji moku-hanga shu 竹下夢二木版画集 (A Collection of Takehisa Yumeji's Pictures in Woodblock Print)
 Artist
 Takehisa Yumeji (1884-1934)
 Signature
 Yumeji
 Seal
 Publication Date  1978-1980. Published posthumously.  Original painting dates to 1917-1918.
 Edition  65 of 300
 Publisher  Kyoto Hanga-in
 Carver  Horii Endō 彫 遠藤
 Printer  Ito?
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  fair - uneven toning; minor fading; several foxing spots; tape remnants verso
 Genre  fukusei hanga
 Miscellaneous
 Format  dai-oban
 H x W Paper  20 1/4 x 15 3/8 in. (51.4 x 39.1 cm)
 H x W Image  18 x 10 1/4 in. (45.7 x 26 cm)
 Collections This Print
 Reference Literature


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