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Japanese Woodblock Print 1905, first edition, pencil signed, numbered (19), and dated by Bertha Lum, self-carved and self-printed by Lum, printed on thin tissue paper


BERTHA LUM (1869-1954) was born in Iowa in 1869, and trained at the Art Institute of Chicago. She traveled to Japan on her honeymoon in 1903 when she was 34, and obtained a few tools and materials for woodblock printmaking, along with some rudimentary advice on the process. Upon her return to America she started producing her own prints, and made a second short trip five years later for further studies. Lum then returned in 1911, bringing her family with her, and started hiring carvers and printers to produce her designs.


VG, minor flaws as shown

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