japonisme: the wisteria at kameido

16 November 2006

the wisteria at kameido

kono fuji wa
hayaku sakitari
Kameido no
fuji sakamaku wa
tōka mari nochi

these wisteria
have bloomed early...
the blossoming of
those at Kameido will be
more than ten days later

Masaoka Shiki

translator: Janine Beichman

seven years after helen hyde went to japan for the first time at the age of 31, she was quoted in january 1906 issue of harper's bazar as saying, "japan is a gem, a revelation, a new world filled with art possibilities beyond one's dreams."

hyde had already become an artist, an illustrator; growing up in san francisco and studying in paris had already given her a taste for, a delight in, the 'exotic,' the unexpected, the foreign, the unknown.

during her eleven years living in japan, hyde studied the japanese style of printmaking, studying with other westerners at first, and then with the japanese masters themselves.

this page has images of the bridge at kameido, near tokyo, as seen by several different artists. ms. hyde's is the one at the top left. if you like her work, you will find a great deal of her work online.

('moon bridge at kameido,' helen hyde, 1914; 'half moon bridge,' toshi yoshida, 1941; 'kameido bridge,' hiroshi yoshida, 1927; '
wisteria at kameido tenjin shrine,' hiroshige ando, 1856; photo, ca. 1895; 'kameido bridge,' koitsu tsuchiya, 1933.)

for really cool coverage of this beautiful place and the artists who have loved it, check out this site

this original bridge was destroyed in world war two, and has been rebuilt.

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Blogger pinholeman said...

do you have a collection of woodblock prints?

17 November, 2006 21:26  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

i have many--though i'm partial to the 'japonisme' ones than the japanese, so i have a number of arthur wesley dows, a margaret jordan patterson, a george de feure (art nouveau), a leon bakst, a bjo nordfeldt, a charles rennie mackintosh, an henri riviere, a hokusai and a number of others (which i'll check later).

of course they're all either out of magazines or calendars, or they're postcards i got at museums, but i frame them and hang them anyway, and love them just as well anyway.

18 November, 2006 07:15  
Blogger pinholeman said...

sweet! like they say, everything looks good in a frame.

18 November, 2006 10:21  
Blogger Dominic Bugatto said...

the Toshi Yoshida pieces are just stunning.

18 November, 2006 10:23  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

how could i have forgotten the hasui kawase? i have two of his that i love too. hasui kawase, along with hiroshi yoshida and toshi yoshida, father and son, are from that generation of japanese printmakers that had been in contact with western art. they are more likely to feature perspective and subtle shadings of color than earlier prints.

i have always been about in adoration of these as i have been with what was going on in the west due to the same moment of cultural intermingling.

though i'll admit that looking at so many earlier prints each day, i'm finding much to capture my heart there as well.

18 November, 2006 11:10  
Blogger Michael said...

Wow. I was knocked back in my seat when I saw the Half Moon Bridge by Toshi Yoshida.

I have a print of this right next to my desk, given to me by my good friend Luc Desmarchelier, who was until recently an Art Director at Dreamworks, and presently works at Sony Pictures Animation.

There's a picture of him here on Hans Bacher's blog (it's a wrap), at the London Studio of Universal / Amblimation, where we worked together on "Balto". http://its-a-wrap.blogspot.com/2006/09/some-more-history.html

And another picture of him here:http://its-a-wrap.blogspot.com/2006/11/amblimation-2.html

What a nice bloke!

18 November, 2006 17:42  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

oh that's so cool, michael. i love when that happens.

18 November, 2006 19:27  
Blogger Dominic Bugatto said...

Quick question, do you know of any artbooks on Toshi Yoshida ? I'd love to study more of his work.Thanks.

30 November, 2006 08:12  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

i'm sorry dom, i don't know of one personally, but a little poking around on the net suggested that :Yoshida Toshi: Nature, art, and peace" seems to be the main one.

30 November, 2006 09:34  

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