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Hiromitsu Nakazawa, Japan, (1874–1964)
The Tale of Genji - Chapter 4 Yugao, 1912
Ink and colors on paper
8 5/8 x 5 1/2 in. (21.84 x 13.97 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2012.1.34

Book illustration (Shashi-e) for "Shin Yaku Genji Monogatari" ("The New interpretation of the Tale of Genji") which was written by Lady Murasaki-shikibu in the Heian Period. The novel chronicled the life of Prince Genji and the people around hm in the court. Countless stories, films, poems and paintings have been influenced by this classic masterpiece of Japanese literature. This piece was published by Bun'endo in 1912. Nakazawa worked with the natural style, employing the depiction of lively gestures and colors.

Bun'en-do was active from the late Meiji era until shortly after WWII. It was famous for high quality art and literature books. The printer was Nakamura Masao.

The artist's signature, "Hiro," appears in the image.

ink and colors on paper

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