Terukata

Ikeda Terukata

1883-1921

Comparison of New Ukiyo-e Beauties: January, Playing Cards
(Shin ukiyo-e bijin awase: Ichigatsu, Karuta)

the series title on the upper left margin, Shin ukiyo-e bijin awase, followed by the print title,Ichigatsu, Karuta, with artist seal Terukata, ca. 1918

dai oban tate-e 16 1/8 by 10 3/8 in., 40.9 by 26.5 cm

This series represents a new mode of woodblock print production in which the artists act as their own publisher, perhaps with patron support, in this case pooling their resources as well as their designs. Eleven artists contributed twelve designs corresponding to the twelve months. The prints were produced striving to replicate the painterly affects of completed paintings rather than the traditional hanmoto (publisher) method utilizing black outline sumi ink drawings created expressly for print designs. Some of the original paintings are known to have survived, seven of which are currently in the collection of Darrel C. Karl, and compare remarkably closely with the prints.

This collaborative series has previously been recorded as published by Murakami, an otherwise unknown publisher, and dated to 1924. However, an impression of this design is included in a set of twelve prints from the series found in the collection of the National Diet Library, Tokyo, which is dated to 1918. In addition, a slip of paper attached to an impression of another print from the series, May, Early Summer Rain, by the female artist Nakayama Shuko (b. 1876), credits the Publication Society of Shin Ukiyo-e Bijin Awase, which may have been run by a Mr. Murakami. At least four artists who contributed to the 1918 set also designed five additional prints representing April, May, July, August and November. The duplicated months not included in the 1918 set may have been published in circa 1924, the date previously assigned to this series.

References:
Amy Reigle Newland and Hamanaka Shinji, The Female Image: 20th Century Prints of Japanese Beauties, 2000, p. 104, no, 135
Andreas Marks, Seven Masters: 20th-century Woodblock Prints from the Wells Collection, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2015, p. 208 (regarding series dating)

(inv. no. 10-5321)

price: $1,600

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