Yearning for Europe, Yumeji Takehisa

Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki

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[Image: Yumeji Takehisa "Cosmetics in Autumn (Fujin Club)" (1924) print on paper]

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Yumeji Takehisa (1884–1934) rose to prominence in the Taisho period with whimsically expressive portraits of beautiful women. His wide-ranging work spans genres such as Nihonga, oil painting, watercolors, and prints. He also created poetry and nursery rhymes, designed envelopes and postcards, and created book decorations and cover art for musical scores. As a result, his body of work has reached a great number of people and is loved for its sophisticated color schemes and novel compositions that still appear on book covers and merchandise today. Its appeal has not faded even in modern times.

This exhibition introducing the full picture of Takehisa’s work displays many rare hand-drawn portraits of “Yumeji-style Beauties,” as well as decorative designs for goods such as envelopes that were actually sold and decorations for books and scores. The show also spotlights the artist’s long-awaited dream of traveling to Europe and the U.S., which he fulfilled late in life. Works depicting foreign women he painted during these travels such as “Woman with a Fan” (1932–1933) are featured.



from September 07, 2019 to October 27, 2019
Closed on September 9th, 24th, October 15th and 21st.


Yumeji Takehisa


Adults ¥980, Seniors over 70 ¥490, University and High School Students ¥720, Junior High and Elementary School Students ¥360.

Venue Hours

From 9:30 To 17:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:On a Public Holiday Monday, the gallery is open but closed on the following Tuesday.


Address: 666-1 Higashi-Kubo, Senbacho, Mito, Ibaraki 310‐0851
Phone: 029-243-5111 Fax: 029-243-9992

15 minute walk from the South exit of JR Mito Station. From the North exit of JR Mito Station, take the bus and get off at Bunka Center Iriguchi. The venue is 5 minute walk from there.

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