Bartlett, Charles (1860 - 1940), "Kobe "
|Medium||Original Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Series Title||Japan, Second Series|
|Publisher||S. Watanabe Color Print Co.|
|Reference No||Miles #30|
|Size||15 -1/4 x 10 "|
Notes: Rare pre-earthquake design; this example was located tipped to the original folder. One of the artists most desirable images.
A comment taken from Bartlett sketchbook reads, "The New Year in Japan. It is festival time. The rain falls, but the reflections are bright".
Bartlett's 1916 woodblock prints of Indian scenes were already on exhibition at the galleries of the Berlin Photographic Company in New York City that same year, alongside color woodblock prints by such American artists as Arthur Wesley Dow (1857-1922) and Margaret Patterson (1867-1950). His prints found immediate appreciation on the American market. When he hand a one-man show of Asian subjects in New York in 1919, his work was euphemistically described as 'raised to high spiritual significance, and made to breathe the very spirit and mood of the East'. Over the next two decades he continued to rework Asian themes.