Helen Hyde, Blossom Time in Tokyo

Helen Hyde, 1868-1919

Blossom Time in Tokyo

color woodblock print on tissue-thin paper; copyright 1914 by Helen Hyde inside top edge of border, with artist's HH monogram and red clover seal at lower left, numbered and signed in pencil within the composition, 123. Helen Hyde, and titled on the bottom margin, Blossom time in tokyo - 1914, published by the artist, the blocks carved by Matsumoto and printed by Shohiro Murata, ca. 1914

18 1/2 by 11 1/2 in., 46.99 by 29.21 cm

Helen Hyde was one of the earliest pioneers of Western artists producing color woodblock prints in Japan. After having studied painting and etching in New York and Paris, in 1899 Hyde traveled to Japan, renting a house in Tokyo, and then later in Nikko. Although she did study carving and printing in Japan with the help of Emil Orlik (1870-1932), Hyde quickly realized that it was more efficient to hire carvers and printers while maintaining control of her own work by overseeing the production and acting as her own publisher.

Reference:
Mason & Mason, American Printmakers: Helen Hyde, 1991, p. 68, cat. no. 115

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