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Helen Hyde, (American, 1868-1919)

Moon Bridge at Kameido

Color woodblock on tissue-thin paper. With artist's HH monogram at lower left followed by green clover seal, and copyright, 1914, by Helen Hyde. Numbered below in pencil, 136., and signed at right, Helen Hyde. Published by the artist in Japan with blocks carved by Matsumoto and printed by Murata Shôjirô.

40.8 by 26.1 cm

After returning to Japan in 1912, Hyde remained only two more years. During that time, despite her declining health, Hyde continued to keep up a prodigious output of work, including woodblock prints, etchings and aquatints. In 1914, Hyde closed her Tokyo home and returned to the States to live with her sister in Chicago. Although she continued to produce etchings on her own, she could no longer produce woodblock prints without her carver and printer.

Throughout her career, Hyde enjoyed substantial support from galleries and collectors in the States and in London. She exhibited works at the St. Louis Exposition in 1897, the Pan-American Exhibition in Buffalo in 1901, the Tokyo Exhibition for Native Art (where she won first prize for an ink drawing) in 1901, the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exhibition in Seattle in 1909 (received a gold medal for a print), the Newark Museum in 1913, a solo show at the Chicago Art Institute in 1916, and a memorial exhibition in 1920, Detroit Institute of Arts, Color Woodcut Exhibition in 1919, New York Public Library, American Woodblock Prints of Today in 1921, a retrospective Art Museum at the University of Oregon in 1927, the 1928 Exposition de la Gravure Moderne Americaine, Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, and the landmark 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, which included approximately 2,200 prints, including the work of Gustave Baumann, Arthur Wesley Dow (cat. nos. 1-2), Emil Orlik (cat. no. 3), Bertha Lum (cat. nos. 9-10), and James McNeill Whistler (Dow and Hyde both won bronze medals).

References:
Emerson, Helen Hyde and Her Japanese Children, 1916, vol. 7, no. 11, illus. p. 431
Mason & Mason, American Printmakers: Helen Hyde, 1991, p. 67, cat. no. 120
Yokohama Museum of Art, Eyes Towards Asia: Ukiyo-e Artists from Abroad, 1996, p. 44, no. 38

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