||"The Heroine Umekawa" (in the play "Meido no Hikayuki")
(aka "Woman in Snow")
||"The Complete Works of Chikamatsu"
("Dai Chikamatsu Zenshu"),
a 12-print series.
||Yamagishi Kazue/Nishimura Kumakichi
(both artisans produced the entire 12-print series)
||10 3/4 x 15 1/4
(plus wide margins)
Nicely executed "bokashi"
(gradation of colors) shading; snowflakes depicted in "gofun" (white overprinting);
white "mica" background and silver "mica" highlights to hairpin and purple garment; detailed carving.
||Pristine. (Finest/freshest copy we've ever seen.)
||Illustrated in "The Female Image," p.86, pl.106; "The New Wave" pl. 138.
||A large head portrait of a young beauty, surrounded by large flakes of snow of hand-applied "gofun."
Only having designed a few prints, works by Tsuentomi are quite rare--and this is the most sought-after print of the
series. Part of a 12-print series of prints (each done by a different artist) published c1922/23; all were carved by
Yamagishi Kazue and printed by Nishimura Kumakichi. For a further discussion of this series, see
"The New Wave - Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection" (page 168).