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Butterfly Cove



Yuse Yoshinori


1947 –

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
    Media category
    Materials used
    70.0 x 54.5 cm image;80.7 x 66.4 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r., pencil "Y.Yuse". Not dated.

    Gift of the artist 1993
    Not on display
    Accession number
    Artist information
    Yuse Yoshinori

    Works in the collection


  • About

    With this tranquil idealised scene Yuse creates an archetypal symbol encapsulating the traditional Japanese veneration of nature. Most Japanese forests are in the mountains and inaccessible, and therefore from ancient times the mountains have been regarded as sacred places, the dwelling place of spirits. There is a permanent, iconic presence and purity to his image that perpetuates Japan's animist approach to nature. To reiterate this reverence, Yuse has subtly shown the gradual autumnal transformation of the mountains, where the autumnal trees and their reflections, form the shape of a butterfly, a traditionally auspicious symbol. By concentrating just on the one motif of the pine tree, and capturing the variations within that one motif, he has demonstrated the perennial Japanese sense of constant refinement of a single motif.

    Yuse was born in Akita Province and now lives in Tokyo.

    Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 116.

  • 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