Rare Japanese woodblock print framed  - Japanese woman (1920s)- by Taisho Artist Yumeji Takehisa  竹久 夢二 (1884-1934) late printed edition.
Rare Japanese woodblock print framed  - Japanese woman (1920s)- by Taisho Artist Yumeji Takehisa  竹久 夢二 (1884-1934) late printed edition.
Rare Japanese woodblock print framed  - Japanese woman (1920s)- by Taisho Artist Yumeji Takehisa  竹久 夢二 (1884-1934) late printed edition.
Rare Japanese woodblock print framed  - Japanese woman (1920s)- by Taisho Artist Yumeji Takehisa  竹久 夢二 (1884-1934) late printed edition.
Rare Japanese woodblock print framed  - Japanese woman (1920s)- by Taisho Artist Yumeji Takehisa  竹久 夢二 (1884-1934) late printed edition.
Rare Japanese woodblock print framed  - Japanese woman (1920s)- by Taisho Artist Yumeji Takehisa  竹久 夢二 (1884-1934) late printed edition.
Rare Japanese woodblock print framed  - Japanese woman (1920s)- by Taisho Artist Yumeji Takehisa  竹久 夢二 (1884-1934) late printed edition.
Rare Japanese woodblock print framed  - Japanese woman (1920s)- by Taisho Artist Yumeji Takehisa  竹久 夢二 (1884-1934) late printed edition.
Rare Japanese woodblock print framed  - Japanese woman (1920s)- by Taisho Artist Yumeji Takehisa  竹久 夢二 (1884-1934) late printed edition.
Rare Japanese woodblock print framed  - Japanese woman (1920s)- by Taisho Artist Yumeji Takehisa  竹久 夢二 (1884-1934) late printed edition.
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Rare Japanese woodblock print framed - Japanese woman (1920s)- by Taisho Artist Yumeji Takehisa 竹久 夢二 (1884-1934) late printed edition.

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Beautiful and rare late reprint woodblock print from the original Yumeji Takehisa artwork.

The original woodblock print was edited for the first time in the 1920s. This edition is in very good condition with vivid color, it was probably printed at the end of the 20th century by a contemporary Japanese artisan publisher.

Takehisa Yumeji drawn a woman reading: she wears a Kimono and reads her book which is placed on a blanket that we guess is thick and warm. We then imagine this woman in her interior in winter weather.

We can notice the very modern design for the era of fabrics, indeed, the artist is also known for his taste for design and having largely influenced fashion in Japan.

The beauty in this painting amazes with the elusive grace, tenderness, and partly sadness.

As the main theme of the artist's works, this print is a perfect glorification of female beauty, grace, charm.

Artist biography: Takehisa Yumeji 竹久夢二 (1884-1934) was born in a small village in Okayama in 1884 and he has been drawing since his childhood. He was interested in classical Japanese literature and the romantic spirit of the Edo period rather than in modernization, contemporary in vogue.

In 1901 he ran off to Tokyo, the cultural center of that time, where he wanted to study literature, but at the urging of his father, he entered Waseda Business School.

However, he continued writing and drawing and soon had his first texts and sketches published. His early works also reflect his sympathy for socialism at that time.

Yumeji started to design postcards, a modern, flourishing medium, and, as he was quite successful, he planned to earn his living as an artist. Yumeji then met Kishi Tamaki, his wife, and first important model, who became an ideal of beauty of that time.

They opened the Minatoya (harbor shop), a shop for crafted paper items and prints in Tokyo. In this shop Yumeji not only sold his artworks, but it also became a meeting point for young progressive artists of the new print (shin hanga) movement such as Onchi Koshiro (1891-1955) and others.

After he and Tamaki were divorced, he moved to Kyoto. He had already met his second model Kasai Hikono, an unfulfilled love ending tragically with her sudden death caused by sickness.

In 1912, also in Kyoto, Yumeji had his most successful exhibition which was more popular than the one of the Bunten, the artistic salon of the education ministry of that time.

His works in the 1920s were influenced by his third important model Sasaki Kaneyo, called O-Yo (Leaf).

Yumeji had tried to enter the contemporary academic circles, but although he had been rejected, he maintained good relationships with recognized artists of that time such as Fujishima Takeji (1867-1943) and others. Yumeji was self-trained without academic background and it was therefore quite difficult for him to realize his dream of going abroad to study arts in America or Europe. Nevertheless, he finally managed to organize a journey to California in 1931, where he stayed in Carmel and San Francisco among other places. In 1932, Yumeji left the U.S. for Europe, where he stayed in Berlin, but also traveled, for example, to Paris for research.

Back in Japan, Yumeji died from tuberculosis in 1934.

In Japan, Yumeji consequently was and is predominantly known for his bijinga, the depiction of beautiful women. Many of his design items, such as book covers or textile patterns, continue to have an effect to this day and his images remain to be found on fancy stationery and accessories.

His work was the Japanese flair paired with the obvious influence of an international sense of modernity. While many of his contemporaries express in their art either adoption of the Euro-American art concept or the attempt to revive Japanese traditional art forms,

Yumeji succeeded quite individualistically in amalgamating aspects of Japanese traditional arts and modernity of the culturally vibrant world of early 20th century Japan. Lacking academic training and not being accepted as an artist in the contemporary understanding might have even been an advantage towards this.

Yumeji, like many other artists of his time, absorbed almost all-new artistic influences from impressionism over cubism to Russian constructionist. Especially in Yumeji’s work the reflection of the European fin de siecle (end of the century) art and in particular Jugendstil, is apparent and there is evidence that he studied the concept of this art form very intensively because of its emotionally moving content.

Size of the artwork:

The print: 11.6 cm* 25.6 cm (4.5" * 10") The passe partout: 28.6 cm * 37.6 cm (11.2" * 14.8").

The frame: 30.5 cm par 39.7 cm (12" * 15.6").

Condition: This woodblock print is in very good condition with no stains. The frame is in good condition also and has the sticker of the publisher on the back.

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