||UEMURA, Shoen (1875-1949)
||A Supplement of "The Complete Works of Chikamatsu" (12-print series)
("Dai Chikamatsu Zenshu")
||Yamagishi Kazue/Nishimura Kumakichi (both artisans produced the entire 12-print series)
||11 1/4 x 18
||Very Fine. Superbly executed "bokashi" (gradation of colors) shading to ghost figure and background;
"gauffraged" hair; gold metallic pigments to sword; hand-applied "gofun" as snow; highly detailed carving.
||Excellent. Very clean front/verso. (Light toning. No flaws noted.)
||A striking "ghost image" shown holding the sword with which she had disembowled herself. 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). In 1948 Uemura became the first Japanese woman to receive the "Order of Cultural Merit."