Chikanobu Yoshu, Fireflies Catching, Summer Night, Kimono Design

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Chikanobu Yoshu (1838-1912)
Title: Women and Children Catching Fireflies
Series: Songs of the Four Seasons
Publisher: Higuchi Gintaro
Date: 1894
Size: (R) 25.3 x 36, (C) 25.3 x 36, (L) 24.8 x 36 cm
Condition: Light water stains and red pigment smudges. Fold marks and light creases along the edges. Slight misregistration. Minor spots.

'Hotaru-gari' (firefly catching party) is a favourite pastime on a warm summer night. During the long rainy season after the gorgeous cherry blossoms in April and the green leaves in May, fireflies are something to look forward to, as they brighten evenings and children love catching them. Many woodblock prints from the Edo period and into Meiji depict young women dressed in beautiful kimono walking under willow trees, equipped with boxes (for catching) and fans.

In this print, the ladies are joined by a group of children to create a bustling scene, where each is doing their best to catch the glowing insects. There is much excitement and laughter as the children run and jump with their fans.

More Information
Print Format Triptych
Artist Name Chikanobu Yoshu
Title Women and Children Catching Fireflies
Subject Beauty & Female, Landscapes, Kimono Design
Dimensions (R) 25.3 x 36, (C) 25.3 x 36, (L) 24.8 x 36 cm
Publisher Higuchi Gintaro