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Ladyslipper Orchids by Fujio Yoshida

Ladyslipper Orchids by Fujio Yoshida

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Color Woodcut


Edition Size: Proof

Image Size: 14-7/8 x 9-7/8 inches

Sheet Size: 16 x 10-7/8 inches


Condition: Excellent

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“Ladyslipper Orchids” is a relief print, a color woodcut, by Japanes printmaker Fujio Yoshida (1887-1987), done in 1954. The image measures 14-7/8 x 9-7/8″. This impression is pencil signed, titled, and dated by the artist in the lower margin, and has the artist’s seal in the lower right image. It was printed by the artist and her family on a sheet of ivory wove Japanese paper that measures 16 x 10-7/8″.

A striking, intimate floral image from the second wave of Fujio Yoshida’s career in color woodcut. Having been trained in the art of block printing as a child, global political turmoil, gender discrimination, and a resistance to Western art styles in pre-war Japan convened to limit Fujio’s early woodcut output. It wasn’t until the early 1950s that she fully immersed herself in the medium, now inspired by post-war Abstract Expressionism.
“Ladyslipper Orchids,” with its curving forms and cool palette, is deceptively sensual for the seemingly innocuous floral subject, giving insight into the creative mind of a relatively quiet artist whose early works were based on classical themes: landscapes, village scenes, and decorative prints.
The importance of Fujio Yoshida’s work in printmaking cannot be overestimated. She was the first female member of the renowned Yoshida family – and one of the first Japanese women – to professionally train in color woodcut as well as in Western art theory. Additionally, she was among the very first Japanese women to exhibit in Japan and abroad, establishing herself as an internationally recognized artist by the age of sixteen. Her pursuit of new styles over eight decades of global change makes her work a unique timeline of evolution for modern art.



The Artist

Fujio Yoshida

Printmaker and painter Fujio Yoshida was born on October 5, 1887, in Tokyo, Japan. A descendent of the family of noted woodcut artists, Fujio would become the first female member of the Yoshida family to learn the art of color woodcut, training in the workshop of her father Kasaburo Yoshida. She would also studied at Fudosha, a renowned private school focused on Western styles (yo-ga).

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