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Night Trip from the series Yumeji’s Masterpieces

Itoguruma (Spinning Wheel) from the series Yumeji's Masterpieces

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Night Trip

from the series Yumeji’s Materpieces

by Takehisa Yumeji, 1938-1939

(after an earlier 1923 design)

Koka no Omoide (The Old Refrain) from the series Yumeji's Masterpieces

IHL Cat. #343

About This Print

One of a number of posthumous prints created from Yumeji's illustrations by the Tokyo-based publisher Katō Junji.  This design was originally made for the below 1923 cover of a musical score of Anton Rubinstein's Wanderer's Night Song, published by Senow Ongaku Shuppansha.

五段目セノオ楽譜 No.316 旅の夜 [写真]

Night Trip
is a most "Munch-looking" work.  Is the small figure walking down the path the wife of the elderly gentleman?  Is it her "night trip" or will the old gentleman be heading off on his own trip?  He looks so tired and forlorn.   Yumeji's work of this period is described by Michiaki Kawakita as having taken "on the appearance of what might be called faded nanga: paintings in which there was at times a touch of futurism and at times a bleak loneliness."1

1 Modern Currents in Japanese Art, Michiaki Kawakita, Weatherhill/Heibonsha, 1974, p. 121.

About the Series "Yumeji's Masterpieces"

Source: Takehisa Yumeji, Nozomi Naoi, et. al., Brill, 2015, p. 133, p. 135.

"The majority of Yumeji’s woodblock-printed designs were releasedafter his death in 1934.  The publisherwho was instrumental in having Yumeji’s work recognized was the Tokyo-based Katō Junji(1885-1961).  During the late 1930s andearly 1940s.  Katō and his team ofartisan block-cutters and printers at the Katō Print Workshop (Katō PrintWorkshop) (Katō Hanga Kenkyūjō) reusedand recalled numerous famous paintings, music scores and watercolours forseries of prints and postcards."

"The thirty woodblock prints in this setare a selection of the most popular cover designs from the over 270 that theartist produced of Seno music scores.  Katō Junji personally compiled the setand it reflects what he believed was representative of Yumeji’s artistic diversity,ranging from the portrayal of beautiful women and landscapes to thisfascination with Western artistic styles."

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #343
 Title Night Trip 夜の旅 - as written in the top of the left margin
 Yumeji’s Masterpieces
 夢二名作集 Yumeji meisakushū
 Takehisa Yumeji (1884-1934)
artist's comma-shaped (tomoe) seal
 Publication Date originally 1938-1939
 Edition unknown - prints from the series were reprinted an unknown number of times during the life of the publisher
 Publisher  Katō Junji 加藤潤二 [Katō Hanga Kenkyūjo]
 copyright owned by Katō Junji  Hanken shoyū Katō Junji  版権i所有  加藤潤二 - as printed in left margin
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - 2 pin holes for drying in left margin, minor toning and soiling; printing smudges in right margin
 Genre fukusei hanga
"1 yen 79 sen" and "Approval by Nihon Mokuhanga Kogyo kyotai"

Labels attached to print verso
 Format  ōban
 H x W Paper 13 x 9 7/8 in. (33 x 25.1 cm)
 H x W Image 12 x 8 5/8 in. (30.5 x 21.9 cm)
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