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Yohei Watanabe, Japanese, (1889–1912)
Beauty and Umbrella, c. 1910s
Ink on paper
7 x 1 7/8 in. (17.78 x 4.83 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: 2014.1.50

Yohei Watanabe died of tuberculosis when he was only 22 years old. His art career lasted only about 6 years but he achieved stardom comparable to Yumeji Takehisa. His talent is still remembered by numerous exhibitions and commemorative art publications today.

This is a "Koma-e," a small illustration which is not directly related to the content of the article but enhances the overall visual interest. Many artists such as Yumeji Takehisa and Yohei Watanabe contributed their works to decorate newspapers and book pages during 1900 - 1910s.
These small designs were mostly woodblock prints and the texts would be printed around and on the back. Sometimes, the wood blocks of the used designs were collected and made into a woodblock print album by a publisher.

artist's signature in the plate

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This work is in black and white.

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