self-carved, self-printed woodblock print; signed and dated in pencil on the bottom right margin, Chizuko Yoshida, 1954, with red artist's seal within the composition, Chizuko, titled on the bottom left margin, Rain B, 1954
oban tate-e 16 by 10 7/8 in., 40.5 by 27.5 cm
Chizuko's early abstract woodblock prints were studies in form and color, with very little or no negative space. The titular 'rain' of this print is visually referenced with straight lines terminating or connected by dots floating above overlapping geometric fields of color. Deeply influenced by music while she worked, the black lines are simultaneously suggestive of dancing musical notes and the plink, plink, plink sound of raindrops, the concentric circles gently reverberating the sound as well.
Yoshida Family Collection
Oliver Statler, Modern Japanese Prints: An Art Reborn, 1959, pp. 170-171
Laura W. Allen, ed., A Japanese Legacy: Four Generations of Yoshida Family Artists, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2002, pp. 178-181 Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, recently acquired an impression of this work from the Yoshida Family Collection
(inv. no. C-3613)
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