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February - Wintry Sky

February - Wintry Sky
by Yamamura Koka (1885-1942) Toyonari

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Artist: Yamamura Koka (1885-1942) Toyonari 山村耕花
Title: February - Wintry Sky
Series: New Ukiyo-e Beauties 新浮世絵美人合
Date of first edition?1924 (circa)
Date of this artwork?c 1924 (may not be accurate)
Publisher (first edition)?Murakami
Publisher (this edition)?Murakami
Medium (first edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (first edition): Large Oban
Format (this edition): Not Set
DB artwork code: 36979
Notes (first edition)?
Notes (this edition)?
The following information was taken from the original web listing of this artwork. Note that there may be some inaccuracies:

Shin Hanga: New Ukiyo-e Beauties Compared: February - Wintry Sky

Artist: Yamamura Koka
Format: Large Oban tate-e: 16.25" x 10.5"

Subject: This collaborative series of c. 1924 included the contributions by eleven different artists on the customs and manners of beauties corresponding to the twelve months. It was published by Murakami,about whom little is known except for issuing this series. According to the scholar Asano Shugo, the series seems to have been, for the greater part, produced employing the coloration and compositions drawn from original paintings. Asano speculates that this print may have been carved by Koka himself and further believes that in comparison with the other works in the series, February, is unusual. February stands as an example of Koka's bijin style in which he has adopted the profile view frequently used in his actor prints to portray a young woman bracing herself against the Winter cool. The color palette of dark greens and black also recalls a number of his actor prints. Subject illustrated 'The New Wave' prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection P 154, #184

Publisher: Murakami

Date: c. 1924

Condition: Full size. Minor soils and edge damages. Generally fine state.

Colour: Fine colors.

Impression: Fine impression with gauffrage and mica.

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