Toshimine: Second Blossom
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Tsutsui Toshimine (1863- nach 1934)
A cherry tree with autum foliage bearing a single late blossom. In the round inset picture a young woman, lost in thought, dries herself with a towel in front of a mirror.
Untitled (Kaerizaki - Second Blossom)
Kuchi-e (frontispiece) for the novel "Kaerizaki", from the literary magazine "Bungei Kurabu".
Publisher: Hakubunkan, Tokyo
Date: Meiji 42 (1909)
Original Japanese colour woodblock print
Size: Horizontal Aiban, 22 x 29.7 cm (overall)
Excellent impression and colours, with gaufrage. A few weak creases and two vertical folds, typical with kuchi-e. Three tiny wormholes, otherwise very good condition. Seldom seen image.
Literature: Helen Merritt / Nanako Yamada, Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints, Honolulu 2000.