Yuki-Anna, The Frost Fairy
Bertha Lum often found subject matter in the highly popular stories of Lafcadio Hearn (1850–1904), an American writer living in Japan who adapted local legends and fairy tales for Western audiences. This woodcut illustrates the tragic story of Yuki-Anna, a wintry spirit who takes on human form in order to marry a young man she loves. When he betrays her secret identity, she transforms into snow and melts away forever.
Color woodcut on cream, thin, laid Japan paper
Sheet: 17 5/8 x 10 1/2 in. (44.8 x 26.7 cm)
Image: 17 1/8 x 10 1/8 in. (43.5 x 25.7 cm) (show scale)
From Catalog Sheet: Signed, "Copyright 1916 by" in margin, "Bertha Lum" in lower center of composition, "No / 21"
Signed in graphite, bottom edge of sheet, inside of plate "[illegible] lit 1916 by Bertha Lum"
Inscribed in graphite, inside of plate, lower right of sheet "no/21."
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Bertha Lum (American, 1879-1954). Yuki-Anna, The Frost Fairy, 1916. Color woodcut on cream, thin, laid Japan paper, Sheet: 17 5/8 x 10 1/2 in. (44.8 x 26.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, 63.108.1. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 63.108.1_PS1.jpg)
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