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On the River

Bertha Lum's engagement with Japonisme was more intense than that of many of her American contemporaries. She embraced not only Japanese subjects and aesthetics but also Japanese techniques of color woodblock printing, which she learned during extended stays in the country. Traditionally, Japanese prints were made by three specialized craftsmen: an artist drew the picture, a carver transferred the image to the woodblocks, and a printer inked the blocks and produced the finished work. In recognition of her mastery of this medium. Lum was the only foreign artist included In Tokyo's Annual Art Exhibition of 1912.

  • Artist: Bertha Lum, American, 1879-1954
  • Medium: Color woodcut on off-white, medium thick, moderately textured laid Japan paper
  • Dates: 1913
  • Dimensions: Image: 10 1/4 x 17 11/16 in. (26 x 44.9 cm)  (show scale)
  • Signature: Signed in graphite, inside of plate, lower center "Copyright 1913 by Bertha Lum no/54"
  • Inscriptions: Two Japanese characters in vertical cartouche stamped on tree at lower left.
  • Collections:American Art
  • Museum Location: This item is not on view
  • Accession Number: 63.108.8
  • Credit Line: Gift of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts
  • Rights Statement: © Estate of Bertha Lum
  • Caption: Bertha Lum (American, 1879-1954). On the River, 1913. Color woodcut on off-white, medium thick, moderately textured laid Japan paper, Image: 10 1/4 x 17 11/16 in. (26 x 44.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, 63.108.8. © Estate of Bertha Lum
  • Image: overall, 63.108.8_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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Recent Comments
09:24 04/13/2011
and all our lives are like this too,
is it not?…like a vision, luminous, mysterious
and as a search after pleasures
and there are lights and radiance
and yet an enveloping darkness
dhukka hovers over it, transience
time flows and there is sliding, a gliding
perhaps as a swift bird that flies past
and then perhaps it is all there again,
luminous, a passing, a vision, the transience
before our eyes, in our last moment

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