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Butterly Dance - Winter

Yoshida Chizuko (b. 1924)

Japanese Color Zinc Plate and Woodblock Print 

Butterfly Dance - Winter

by Yoshida Chizuko, 1985

Yoshida Chizuko (b. 1924)

IHL Cat. #2136

About This Print

One of many hybrid process prints, using zinc plate (letterpress)1 and woodblock, of butterflies in various configurations and colors created by Chizuko from the early 1970s into the early 2000s. This collection's print Butterfly Dance - Winter is one of four the artist created with the title "Butterfly Dance" - one for each of the seasons.

In discussing her butterfly prints the artist acknowledged the difficulty of escaping one’s own success, admitting that she continued to make butterfly prints long after she had grown tired of the subject simply because they sold so well.1

1 亜鉛凸版 (zinc-plate etching) - A letterpress printing plate in which a zinc plate is corroded with nitric acid to form a plate surface. The plate thickness is usually 1.0 to 1.3 mm for printing. 
2 A Japanese Legacy: Four Generations of Yoshida Family Artists, Laura W. Allen, Kendall H. Brown, Eugene M. Skibbe, et. al., The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2002, p. 181.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #2136
蝶舞う - 冬
Butterfly Dance - Winter
 Yoshida Chizuko (b. 1924)
Chizuko Yoshida in English (lower right margin in pencil)
 Seal not sealed
 Date 1985
 Edition 9/100
 Publisher self-published
 Printer self-printed
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - several minor spots of foxing
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper 13 5/16 x 18 in. (33.8 x 45.7 cm)
 H x W Image 10 1/4 x 14 15/16 in. (26 x 37.9 cm)
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