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

Fireworks

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

The Rising Moon

from the series

A Collection of Takehisa Yumeji's Pictures

in Woodblock Print

by Takehisa Yumeji, 1978-1980

(after an earlier 1913 design)


IHL Cat. #509

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).

This design may be after a design originally done in 1913 for a series of postcards titled Postcards by Yumeji Series 26: Women in Four Seasons (Moonrise).


In commenting on Yumeji's women, Lawrence Smith perceives "a subtle transference of European facial expression" even when the women are placed in traditional settings as in this work.2 


1 Daiwa 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 The Japanese Print Since 1900: Old dreams and new visions, Lawrence Smith, British Museum Publications Ltd., 1983, jp. 20.

















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 the carver's name Endo Kokyoku and the printer's name Ito Tomorō.
An old-style circular kiwame approval seal has been used on top.


Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #509
 Title  The Rising Moon (untitled but seen with this descriptor) 月の出
 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.  Date of original drawing is unknown. 
 Edition  51 of 300
 Publisher  Kyoto Hanga-in
 Carver  Endo Kokyoku
 Printer  Ito Tomoro
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - minor toning; several foxing spots; small paper tear upper right margin; tape remnants verso
 Genre fukusei hanga
 Miscellaneous
 Format  dai-oban
 H x W Paper  20 1/4 x 15 5/8 in. (51.4 x 39.7 cm)
 H x W Image  18 x 11 1/8 in. (45.7 x 28.3 cm)
 Collections This Print  Sydney University Museums UA1996.43
 Reference Literature

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