northern winter

『北方の冬』

20 April 1985
Philatelic Week
‘Winter in Northern Area’ and ‘Towards morning light’ by Yumeji Takehisa

Two more female portraits, painted both in 1921, by Yumeji Takehisa, an early Japanese commercial illustrator and book designer.

Somehow – maybe it is because the Japanese traditional paintings or wood prints are suitable for being transformed to stamp format – there are a lots of Japanese stamps issued under this category ‘beautiful ladies’.  Almost always portraits are made of anonymous female models, posed in front of artists.  This is not a category I am collecting stamps, but some of them are quite suitable for stamps.  They were my mother’s favorite stamps and as I put on ‘about this blog‘ post, I received a few letters with those stamps on.

This stamp is listed on eBay!

昭和60年4月1日発行
原画:竹久夢二 (明治17 – 昭和9)
切手デザイン:菊地吉晃

竹久夢二が原画の切手をもう2枚。ともに1921年作の『北方の冬』と『朝の光へ』。

たぶん、日本画や木版画の浮世絵などが切手のサイズに縮小しておさまりが良いのでしょう、日本ではかなりの頻度で「美人画」が切手の図案として採用されていて、海外のコレクターに受けが良い理由かもしれません。収集テーマではないけれど、すんなりと綺麗だなぁと思える日本の切手です。

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