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Title

Plum blossom

1990

Artist

Yoshida Chizuko

Japan

1924 -

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  • 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

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  • 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

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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