Thursday, January 31, 2008

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Vintage Japanese bookmarks by Junichi Nakahara 1920s

"vintage bookmarks from Japan 1920's stiff card 143 mm

With the valuable information given to me thankfully by Gustav Klim and KEIK-T I can provide now a correct description of the bookmarks:

These bookmarks are prints by the renowned Japanese artist Junichi Nakahara (1913 - 1988) from the Kagawa prefecture. Nakahara worked as an illustrator and print maker. In the 1920s and 1930s his illustrations of young girls with big eyes were famous and he had a dominant influence during that generation. Nakahara is considered a forerunner of the manga art.

Credit is made to - art auctions for Japanese and Chinese prints - where some other artwork of Nakahara can be seen.

The bookmarks show teenaged town girls from the Edo era. The inscriptions on the images read:
- Snowy night
- Dream comes true
- Fragrance of the chrysanthemum

Courtesy of The Art of Bookmark - Bookmark Exhibition"

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