Japanese Woodblock Prints

Paul Binnie "Votes for Women"

Posted on May 02 2015

The First of May comes around again, and with spring, it's time for a new print in the series Hyakunen no Hana (Flowers of a Hundred Years), this time for the year 1950, the 6th in the series and the halfway point. 'Fujin no Ippyó' means Votes for Women, and like some earlier prints marks advances for women in Japan in the last century, such as universal literacy (1900) and women's higher education (1910). Universal suffrage was introduced after the Second World War, and indeed the immediate post-war years saw an influx of women into politics in larger numbers even than today. The young woman in the current print is wearing a yellow kimono with abstract design typical of the1950s, and has bobbed hair, another popular style at the time, while her obi is decorated with a design reminiscent of atomic models. She is in a polling booth, in the midst of casting her vote, and the panelled partition is rendered in woodgrain and shading, as is the highly polished table top.
In the same format as the others in this series, around 47.5 x 33cm,or 18.5 x 13 inches, this design also has 23 carat gold leaf, silver and bronze metallic pigments (on the obi), embossing in the left and lower margins and black 'lacquer' printing in the hair details.

Price: 1000.00$  Contact to order


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