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Yuki-Anna, The Frost Fairy

Bertha Lum

American Art

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.

MEDIUM Color woodcut on cream, thin, laid Japan paper
DATES 1916
DIMENSIONS 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)
MARKINGS From Catalog Sheet: Signed, "Copyright 1916 by" in margin, "Bertha Lum" in lower center of composition, "No / 21"
SIGNATURE Signed in graphite, bottom edge of sheet, inside of plate "[illegible] lit 1916 by Bertha Lum"
INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed in graphite, inside of plate, lower right of sheet "no/21."
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts
RIGHTS STATEMENT © Estate of Bertha Lum
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CAPTION 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. © Estate of Bertha Lum
IMAGE overall, 63.108.1_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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