Item #CL205-32 The South Wind. Bertha Lum, 1869–1954 American.
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The South Wind

1921. Colour woodcut, signed in pencil on image lower right, annotated “copyright”, dated and numbered “35” in pencil in lower margin, 40.1 x 24.8cm. Slight cockling to edges and old mount burn. Laid down on acid-free tissue.

Also known as A Merry Little Breeze. This image is listed in Gravalos, Bertha Lum, Smithsonian, 1991, p97.

Iowa-born artist Bertha Boynton Lum was an American printmaker, painter and illustrator known for helping popularise the Japanese and Chinese woodblock print outside of Asia. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and was influenced by Arthur Wesley Dow’s book Composition (1899), which “extolled the Japanese colour woodcut.” She continued her studies in Japan, and also travelled to China. Ref: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Library of Congress.

The South Wind is considered to be one of Lum’s best images and is uncommon.

Item #CL205-32

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