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Ura no Akekure (Day In, Day Out, at a Bay) from the series Yumeji's Masterpieces

Ashita (Tomorrow!) from the series Yumeji's Masterpieces

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Ura no Akekure (Day In, Day Out, at a Bay)

from the series Yumeji’s Materpieces

by Takehisa Yumeji, 1938-1939

(after an earlier 1926 design)

IHL Cat. #1575
IHL Cat. #1621

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  This design was originally made for the below 1926 cover of the musical score forJoseph Mazzhing's Ye Shephers Tell Me (The Wreath. A Pastoral Glee for Three Voices), published by Senow Ongaku Shuppansha.

Of the two impressions, IHL Cat. #1621 is printed on a heavier paper and appears to be an earlier printing than #1575.

Source: Takehisa Yumeji, Nozomi Naoi, et. al., Brill, 2015, p. 14.
"The prints in Yumeji masterpieces highlight Yumeji's skillful treatment of the landscape genre.  Tranquil, bucolic scenes such as this illustrating a hamlet nestled along a bay were a frequent them in Yumeji's art, and it could be conjectured that it conveyed a sense of nostalgia for his native Okayama or the port city of Kobe where he briefly spent time during his childhood."

竹久夢二 セノオ楽譜 No.403 浦のあけくれ

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 released after his death in 1934.  The publisher who was instrumental in having Yumeji’s work recognized was the Tokyo-based Katō Junji (1885-1961).  During the late 1930s and early 1940s.  Katō and his team of artisan block-cutters and printers at the Katō Print Workshop (Katō Print Workshop) (Katō Hanga Kenkyūjo) reused and recalled numerous famous paintings, music scores and watercolours for series of prints and postcards."

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

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1575; #1621
 Day In, Day Out, at a Bay [alternate translation: Timeless Bay]
 Ura no Akekure  浦のあけくれ - as written in the top of the left margin
 Yumeji’s Masterpieces
 夢二名作集 Yumeji meisakushū
 Takehisa Yumeji (1884-1934)
 not signed
 Seal not sealed
 Publication Date originally 1938-1939
 Edition unknown - prints from the series were reprinted an unknown number of times during the life of the publisher
 Katō Junji 加藤潤二 [Katō Hanga Kenkyūjo]
 copyright owned by Hanken shoyū Katō Junji  版権i所有  加藤潤二 - as printed in left margin
 Impression #1575 and #1621: excellent
 Colors #1575 and #1621: excellent
 #1575: excellent - several imperfections in original paper
 #1621: excellent - two mounting remnants top margin verso
 Genre fukusei hanga
 Format ōban
 H x W Paper
 #1575: 13 x 10 in. (33 x 25.4 cm)
 #1621: 13 x 10 1/16 in. (33 x 25.6)
 H x W Image
 #1575: 11 15/16 x 8 3/4 in. (30.3 x 22.2 cm)
 #1621: 11 15/16 x 8 3/4 in. (30.3 x 22.2 cm)
 Collections This Print
 Reference Literature
Takehisa Yumeji, Nozomi Naoi, et. al., Brill, 2015, fig. 1.5, p. 14.