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Object: Tatsuta-hime (Princess Tatsuta)
Series: Takehisa Yumeji moku-hanga shu 竹下夢二木版画集 (A Collection of Takehisa Yumeji's Pictures in Woodblock Print)
Colour woodblock print. Princess Tatsuta in high-waisted kimono with long swinging sleeves, standing with open fan in one hand; Mt Fuji in background. O-Edo edition. Inscribed, signed and sealed.
- Production date
- 1935 (circa)
Height: 51.20 centimetres
Width: 39 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Clark 2001
Tatsuta-hime, Shinto goddess of autumn and the harvest, is manifested as one of Yumeji's svelte modern beauties in a high-waisted kimono with long swinging sleeves, posing before a distant, barren Mt Fuji. The woodblock print is based on a two-fold screen of the same title (Yumeji Kyodo Bijutsukan), painted in 1931, which may have been intended as a pair with 'Ode to Mt Haruna' ('Haruna sanpu', 1930). This last depicted a similarly dressed woman as Sao-hime, goddess of spring, standing in front of a landscape of Mt Haruna, the site for Yumeji's planned Institute of Industrial Arts (Sangyo Bijutsu Kenkyujo). Both screens were exhibited at the Shinjuku Mitsukoshi Department Store just before Yumeji went on an extended trip to USA and Europe (May 1931 to September 1933).
The artist is quoted as saying about Princess Tatsuta: 'She's the crowning woman of my life. She's Miss Nippon! (Takahashi Yoji, 'Bessatsu Taiyo 20: Takehisa Yumeji' (Autumn 1977), no. 116, p. 105.)' The inscription is an adaption of lines by the Tang poet Du Fu (712-70), dedicated by Yumeji to Tatsuta-hime, and can be translated as follows: 'Last year the rice was dear, and we lacked for our daily food; this year the rice is cheap and the farmers are suffering (Takeda Michitaro, 'et al'. 'Nihon no meiga 9: Kiyokata, Shoen, Yumeji', Tokyo, Kodansha, 1977, [Yumeji] no. 20, text p. 97).' The print is from a posthumous edition.
Smith, Lawrence. 'The Japanese Print Since 1900'. London, British Museum Press, 1983, no. 63a.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2001, 11 May-29 Jul, BM Japanese Galleries, '100 Views of Mount Fuji'
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