A Japanese Sumi-e Sketch Book in the Style of Asai Chu & Takehisa Yumeji . Taisho Period
9 1/4 x 6 1/2 ins. (23.5 x 16.5 cms) This remarkable sketch book consists of 55 folded sheets making 110 pages of hundreds of sumi drawings (NOT prints). There is no shading at all, all is in black line and solid black infill. The style is very much that of Asai Chu (1856-1907) and Yumeji (1884-1934). There is no indication as to the artist, the few kanji refer to the subjects of the drawings. The folded sheets are interleaved with plain paper which shows no sign of bleed through from the ink, indicating that the book was bound after the drawings were completed rather than drawn into a purpose made sketch book.
The figure drawings are very expertly done with a fine grasp of proportion and of movement. Some of the drawings are for advertising of various commodities, something many artists of the late Meiji and Taisho periods did. The last illustration of a woman within a circle is quite similar to a published woodblock print in an album of works by Asai Chu. The range of subjects is extensive, drawings of baseball players, ju-jutsu, patterns for borders, designs for pottery, textile patterns, landscapes,advertising drawings, flowers etc. etc.
Condition is very good although the covers are not original, possibly the original binding had no covers.
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