Artwork Details for Yumeji, Takehisa (1884-1934) "The Rising Moon"

Yumeji, Takehisa (1884-1934) - The Rising Moon

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The Rising Moon
by Yumeji, Takehisa (1884-1934) - 竹久夢二

Artist:Yumeji, Takehisa (1884-1934) - 竹久夢二
Title:The Rising Moon
Series:Takehisa Yumeji Woodblock Print Collection - 竹久夢二木版画集
Date:1910s (this artwork: 1978-1980)
Publisher:Kyoto Hanga-In - 京都版画院
Medium:Woodblock - 木版画
Format:Large Oban - 大大判, 40 x 52cm (sheet size)
Condition:Basically fine apart from natural age toning.
Price:$290 (EMS Express worldwide shipping: $35)
Artwork Code:11393-Takehisa_Yumeji
Notes:Rare limited edition large-size strike by Kyoto Hanga-In. Edition 65/300. Publisher, printer and carver seals in the lower right margin.

According to One of twenty posthumous large-format prints created between 1978-1980 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 (Takehisa Yumeji Woodblock Print Collection).

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).

Artist Biography:
Yumeji Takehisa (竹久 夢二 Takehisa Yumeji, September 16, 1884 -- September 1, 1934), was a Japanese poet and painter. Takehisa died in 1934 at the age of 49. He never studied drawing in any painting school nor under any teacher formally. He hated the concept of the ""artist"", feeling they were rather pretentious which unsurprisingly upset many of the artists of his time, leading to poor reviews from the so-called elite.

Outside of the art circles, Takehisa's works acquired great popularity among ordinary people and to this day have many ardent fans in Japan and abroad. At an earlier stage in his life he intended to become a poet, but knowing he could not make a living as a poet, he began drawing pictures. He was born in Oku (now Setouchi), Okayama, Japan. His childhood home has been preserved and opened to visitors. He is buried in Zoshigaya Cemetery in the Ikebukuro area of Tokyo. (from Wikipedia)

Publisher Notes:Here are some notes from Daiwa Shinagawa (current owner of Kyoto Hanga-In, 2014) regarding the woodblocks and their survival (or not):
He is quite clear in his explanation that all the blocks held by Nishinomiya were *completely* destroyed in an air-raid circa 1945 (including Bakufu's Fish series and Wada's Occupations series). This is quite strong evidence to support the suggestion that the blocks used after the war for these series' reprints were completely recarved.
He goes on to say that, due to the poor economic climate after the war, Kyoto Hanga-In did not have the finances to purchase new cherry blocks for each new print scene. As a result, whenever a new scene was to be published they used a block from a previously published scene (i.e., carving the block flat and then recarving the new scene). That is quite a revelation that I would never have expected. As a result of all the recarving of blocks, there are no surviving woodblocks from prior to the 1960s, so the blocks for all the usual 1950s scenes by Bakufu, Hiyoshi, Wada, etc. no longer exist.
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