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Title

Butterfly Cove

1989

Artist

YUSE Yoshinori

Japan

1947 -

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
    Date
    1989
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    screenprint
    Edition
    4/44
    Dimensions
    70.0 x 54.5 cm image;80.7 x 66.4 cm sheet
    Signature & date

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

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 1993
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    480.1993
    Artist information
    YUSE Yoshinori

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    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

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication