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Plum blossom



Yoshida Chizuko


1924 –

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  • Details

    Alternative title
    Place where the work was made
    Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
    Media category
    Materials used
    woodcut and photo-engraving
    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".

    Gift of the artist 1993
    Not on display
    Accession number
    Artist information
    Yoshida Chizuko

    Works in the collection


  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • The Urban Bonsai, Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, 04 Mar 1992–04 May 1992

      The Urban Bonsai, National Art Gallery, Wellington, Wellington, 20 Jun 1992–09 Aug 1992

      The Urban Bonsai, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, 12 Sep 1992–29 Oct 1992

      The Urban Bonsai, Manawatu Art Gallery, New Zealand, 13 Nov 1992–10 Jan 1993

      The Urban Bonsai, The George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, 18 Mar 1993–25 Apr 1993

      The Urban Bonsai, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 08 May 1993–01 Aug 1993

      The Urban Bonsai, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Emu Plains, 11 Mar 1994–24 Apr 1994

      The Urban Bonsai, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra, 19 May 1994–19 Jun 1994

      The Urban Bonsai, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown, 15 Jul 1994–21 Aug 1994

      The Urban Bonsai, Bank Art Museum Moree, Moree, 11 Nov 1994–24 Dec 1994

      The Urban Bonsai, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah, 01 Feb 1995–05 Mar 1995

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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