Bartlett

Charles W. Bartlett

1860-1940

2nd Series. Japan: Negishi

color woodblock print, with artist's CWB monogram at lower left with title cartouche, NEGISHI.1916, signed below in ink Charles W. Bartlett with copyright mark, publisher's seal Watanabe on lower left margin.

oban tate-e 15 1/8 by 10 in., 38.5 by 25.4 cm

Alternate titles: Winter; and Negishi; Near Yokohama, Japan

An original mat window inscribed by the artist notes: "The folk plod heavily in the white beauty of the snow."

In the early years of their marriage, Bartlett and his wife traveled to the continent frequently, and in 1913, they commenced a three-year trip around the world. In the autumn of 1915, the Bartletts reached Japan, visiting Yokohama, Kamakura and Kyoto before finally arriving in Tokyo to meet up with Kate's great friend and confidant, the artist Elizabeth Keith (1887-1956). Keith had only been in Japan a few months by that point, but she was able to help Bartletts get settled for an extended stay in Tokyo. At some point Bartlett visited the premises of the publisher Watanabe Shozaburo (1885-1962), who was likely in the midst of finishing up his collaborations with the Austrian artist Fritz Capelari (1884-1950) prints at the time and pleased to meet another talented artist and potential creative partner. Bartlett showed Watanabe a selection of watercolor sketches from his travels which the publisher proposed converting to woodblock prints.

In 1916, Watanabe published a total of twenty-two Bartlett prints. He began with Indian subjects; the first six were presented in a portfolio titled 1st Series. India. This was followed by a portfolio of six Japanese subjects, titled 2nd Series. Japan.

References:
Julia Meech, Japonisme: Graphic Arts in the 20th Century, in The New Wave, 1993, pp. 46-47
Helen Merritt, Point of Contact, 1993, pp. 36-39; p.65, no. 16
Yokohama Museum of Art, Eyes Towards Asia: Ukiyo-e Artists from Abroad, 1996, p. 81, no. 93
Richard Miles, and Jennifer Saville, A Printmaker in Paradise: The Art and Life of Charles W. Bartlett, 2001, p. 117, no. 29
Koyama Shuko, Beautiful Shin-Hanga: Revitalization of Ukiyo-e, 2009, p. 59, no. 2-23

(inv. no. C-3047)

price: $5,800

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