Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Davis 29. Edition 30. Signed, dated, and numbered 8/30 in pencil. A superb, richly-inked impression, with full margins (1 3/8 to 4 7/8 inches); cream chine appliqué on off-white wove China backing. Very slight foxing in the bottom sheet edge, well away from the image, otherwise in excellent condition. Printed by Desjobert, Paris. Scarce.

This masterwork, produced during Kuniyoshi's second visit to Paris in 1928, was chosen as the cover illustration of the catalogue raisonné 'Yasuo Kuniyoshi: The Complete Graphic Work' by Richard A. Davis, 1991. It is also reproduced in 'Yasuo Kuniyoshi’s Women', Tom Wolf, Pomegranate Artbooks, 1993.

Collections: MoMA; Whitney Museum of American Art, Yasuo Kuniyoshi Museum, Japan.

Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1893-1953) combines in his work a subtle blend of his native Japanese heritage with western modernist vocabulary and folk art idioms. Born in Okayama, Japan, Kuniyoshi immigrated with his family to Los Angeles in 1906. He moved to New York in 1910, where he attended the National Academy of Design, the Robert Henri School, the Independent School, and the Art Students League, where he later became a teacher.

Kuniyoshi was a member of many liberal artists organizations, a founder of Artists Equity, and an anti-fascist activist. In 1932, his mural 'Exotic Flowers' was installed in the second-mezzanine ladies' lounge at Radio City Music Hall in Rockefeller Center, New York City. He received numerous awards and prizes for his art, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1935.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum held a major exhibition of the artist's work 'The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi' in 2015, describing the artist as "a preeminent 20th-century modernist whose talents and contributions rivaled those of his contemporaries including Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Stuart Davis".

11 1/2 x 10 1/8 inches