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Title

Plum blossom


Artist

YOSHIDA Chizuko

Japan

1924 -


About

Born in Yokohama, Yoshida Chizuko commenced her career as an oil painter, initially studying under Fumio Kitaoka (Acc.no. 435.1993) before she went to Manchuria and was evacuated from Tokyo during the war. After the war she resumed oil painting until she met and married Yoshida Hodaka who taught her printmaking. Like him, she has moved from using only woodblocks for her prints, to include other techniques.

Her prints are distinguished by the obsessive treatment of a single subject, organised in bands of varying density and colour intensity. Often butterflies are her subject; in this print she has chosen the popular subject of plum blossoms which for a Japanese viewer is rich in emotive and poetic associations. Plum blossoms symbolise early spring, the transition of the seasons, and the poignant transience of life.

Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 100.


Details


Alternative title

Kôhaku-bai


Place where the work was made

Japan


Period

Heisei period 1989 - → Japan


Date

1990


Media category

Print


Materials used

woodcut and photo-engraving


Edition

5/75


Dimensions

102.0 x 42.0 cm image; 107.5 x 50.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Chizuko Yoshida 1990".


Credit

Gift of the artist 1993


Location

Not on display


Accession number

477.1993


Artist information

YOSHIDA Chizuko

Works in the collection

2


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 100, 112 (colour illus.). cat.no. 72