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Paul Binnie, Scottish, b. 1967
Flowers of a Hundred Years: Votes for Women [of 1950]
(Hyakunen no Hana: Fujin no Ippyo)
the series title Hyakunen no Hana and print title Fujin no Ippyo in karazuri ('blind-printing') on upper left margin, signed in kanji, Bin-ni at upper right followed by red artist's seal Binnie, numbered and signed in pencil on the bottom margin, 33/100, Paul Binnie, ca. May 2015
dai oban tate-e 18 1/2 by 13 1/8 in., 47 by 33.2 cm
In this the sixth design for the Hyakunen no Hana (Flowers of a Hundred Years) series (the half-way point), Binnie continues to explore the advances of women in Japan over the last century, beginning with near-universal literacy by 1900, and access to higher education represented by his circa 1910 beauty wearing her 'Maroon Hakama' fashionable among the university students of that era. In this print, a young woman is seen filling out a ballot in a voting booth, the surface of which is masterfully rendered with a wood grain pattern. She wears a kimono with a very modern mid-century pattern on a mustard-yellow ground, and her black obi, decorated with a design suggesting atomic models, is embellished with 23 carat gold leaf, silver and bronze metallic printing. Her stylishly bobbed hair is highlighted with lacquer details.