Rain (Ame) by Jinbo Tomoyo

Rain (Ame) by Jinbo Tomoyo

Rain (Ame)

Jinbo Tomoyo

Title

Rain (Ame)

 
Artist

Jinbo Tomoyo

  1902 - 1994 (biography)
Year
1961  
Technique
color woodcut with silver metallic pigments 
Image Size
15 7/16 x 10 1/16" image (large oban) 
Signature
lower left image 
Edition Size
not stated 
Annotations
publisher, carver, title and date; title embossed in center lower margin, beneath image. 
Reference
 
Paper
heavy Japanese Goyu 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
20098 
Price
$1,000.00 
Description

Woodcuts by Jinbo Tomoyo are scarce, but this is a fine example of his bijinga imagery, this from 1961.

A Geisha, dressed in a lilac colored kimono that includes metallic inks in the squares and stripes of the design, prepares to open her umbrella in anticipation of rain. She seems distant, lost in thought.

The Bijin-ga or bijin (Beautiful women) prints came to prominance and were coined as such during the Meiji period in the mid 19th century and continued into the Shin-hanga (new woodcut) of the 20th century.

"The movement flourished from around 1915 to 1942, though it resumed briefly from 1946 through the 1950s. Inspired by European Impressionism, the artists incorporated Western elements such as the effects of light and the expression of individual moods, but focused on strictly traditional themes of landscapes (fukeiga), famous places (meish?), beautiful women (bijinga), kabuki actors (yakusha-e), and birds-and-flowers (kach-e)." (Wikipedia).