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Early Summer Rain from the Album of Beauties by Kyokata

Fan design sample print, Kneeling Nudes

Japanese Color Collotype Print

Early Summer Rain 五月雨

from the Album of Beauties by Kiyokata

by Kaburaki Kiyokata, 1914

Fan design sample print, Kneeling Nudes

IHL Cat. #1820

About This Print

From an album of twelve prints, this print, one of eight collotype prints in the album, all of which are reproductions of paintings by Kiyokata, depicts two women with umbrellas on a stroll through a peaceful rain while a flower seller pulls his cart in the background.  I have not been able to locate the original painting which this print is a reproduction of.

The Artist's Notes
The album includes explanations in Japanese by Kiyokata about his intentions and drawing techniques for each of the prints.  His notes on this print are reproduced below.



About the Album of Beauties by Kiyokata 清方美人画譜, 1914

This album of twelve small prints, four woodblock prints and eight three-color collotypes, was issued in May 1914 by Nihon Bijutsu Gakuin 日本美術学院, the correspondence fine arts school founded by the novelist Taguchi Kikutei (1875-1943) (the pen name of Taguchi Kyōjirō), and for which Kiyokata taught. 

For detailed information on the album see this collection's print Dormitory in Spring Rain from the Album of Beauties by Kyokata.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1820
 Title or Description
[as printed on page the album print was mounted on]

 Nozakimura (Nozaki Village)
 Series Album of Beauties by Kiyokata
 清方美人画譜 Kiyokata bijin gafu
 Kaburaki Kiyokata (1878-1972)
 not signed
 Seal not sealed
 Publication Date
Printed April 30, 1914 大正三年四月三十日印刷
Published May 5, 1914 大正三年五月五日發行
[as shown in the colophon to the album]
 Edition first and only

 發行者copied from colophon 著作
copied from colophon
Publisher: Taguchi Kyōjirō 田口鏡次郎 [note: Taguchi Kyōjirō (1875-1943) wrote under the pen name Taguchi Kikutei.]
Publishing house: Nihon Bijutsu Gakuin 日本美術学院

copied from colophon
copied from colophon
 Printer: unread 一噌定次郎
 Printing house: Nihon Bijutsu Gakuin printing department 日本美術学院印刷部
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre fukusei hanga
 Format chuban
 H x W Paper 5 1/2 x 8 in. (14 x 20.3 cm)
 H x W Image 5 1/4 x 7 3/4 in. (13.3 x 19.7 cm) 
 Collections This Print Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery S2003.8.400 and FSC-GR-780.134; British Museum 1991,0805,0.18; National Diet Library Call No. 109-280
 Reference Literature