Myoga (Ginger) by Fujio Yoshida

Myoga (Ginger) by Fujio Yoshida

Myoga (Ginger)

Fujio Yoshida

Title

Myoga (Ginger)

 
Artist

Fujio Yoshida

  1887 - 1987 (biography)
Year
1953  
Technique
color woodcut 
Image Size
14 7/8 x 9 7/8" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right; red chop in lower right image 
Edition Size
unstated 
Annotations
pencil titled "Myoga" in lower left margin 
Reference
Statler, Modern Japanese Prints, plate 96 
Paper
ivory Japanese wove 
State
published 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
23350 
Price
$950.00 
Description

A striking, intimate floral image from the second wave of Fujio Yoshida’s career in color woodcut. Having been trained in the art of block printing as a child, global political turmoil, gender discrimination, and a resistance to Western art styles in pre-war Japan convened to limit Fujio’s early woodcut output. It wasn’t until the early 1950s that she fully immersed herself in the medium, now inspired by post-war Abstract Expressionism.

“Ginger,” with its curving forms and warm palette, is deceptively sensual for the seemingly innocuous floral subject, giving insight into the creative mind of a relatively quiet artist whose early works were based on classical themes: landscapes, village scenes, and decorative prints.

The importance of Fujio Yoshida’s work in printmaking cannot be overestimated. She was the first female member of the renowned Yoshida family - and one of the first Japanese women - to professionally train in color woodcut as well as in Western art theory. Additionally, she was among the very first Japanese women to exhibit in Japan and abroad, establishing herself as an internationally recognized artist by the age of sixteen. Her pursuit of new styles over eight decades of global change makes her work a unique timeline of evolution for modern art.