Rain B

circa 1953
Rain B is a color woodcut by Japanese Sosaku Hanga modernist printmaker Chizuko Yoshida (1924-2017), created about 1953. It is pencil signed and titled in the lower margin. It was hand-printed by the artist in an unstated edition on ivory Japanese paper measuring 16 x 10-7/8 inches.

A color woodcut from Chizuko Yoshida's early exploration of abstraction, Rain B exhibits a boldness that embodied her early career, following her return to the technique that she had begun to explore in the pre-war workshop of Kitaoka Fumio in 1941. The influence of music, Western modernism, and her interest in geometric compositions inform this energetic, bright composition, peppered with kinetic shapes.

With the onset of World War II, Chizuko began focusing on violin and music theory until she was able to engage in art courses again in the late 1940s. By now the Abstract Expressionist movement had made its way into the Japanese art world with broader acceptance. Chizuko became instrumental in helping to establish coalitions for Japanese women artists, particularly the Vermilion Leaf Society.
Chizuko Inoue became part of the legendary Yoshida printmaking family with her marriage to her colleague Hodaka Yoshida, the son of Hiroshi and Fujio Yoshida.

Chizuko Yoshida (nee Inoue), was born in Yokohama on March 20, 1924. She first studied oil painting at the studio of Kitaoka Fumio where she was exposed to woodblock prints. She later attributed some of her non-traditional woodblock techniques to Kitaoka. Chizuko attended design classes at the Hongo Art Institute until it was bombed. Returning to Tokyo after the war, she joined two important art associations: the Pacific Painting Society and the Vermilion Leaf Society, an artist group for women oil painters. In the late 1940s, Chizuko started participating in the Century Society, a group of avant-garde artists, writers, and intellectuals who met monthly to discuss art theory and criticism.
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