The Poetry of Leaf


木ノ葉の詩 (original Japanese title)

Etching and aquatint on chine-collé.
Edition of 30.
Signed, dated and numbered in pencil, in Latin alphabet.
Titled in Japanese in the bottom sheet edge.

NOTE: The first image you see on this page is a detail of a larger work. To see the overall composition, please scroll to the other image(s).

The delicate depictions of nature in Fumiko Takeda’s prints always have a touch of whimsy without being saccharine, which is a delicate balance with her subject matter. All of Takeda’s prints are less than 20 inches in either dimension. This intimate size invites the viewer to move in closely and have a private experience with the artwork. Viewers of her work are truly rewarded when they take the time to look at the details of her composition and craftsmanship.
The Poetry of Leaf is a still life composition that showcases Fumiko Takeda’s range of stylistic skill. Just in the detail image below, the viewer can clearly see a wide range of textures and lines that create depth and realistic perspective. And then, as in many of her works, the viewer suddenly sees the crescent moon and stars in the small shadow of the maple leaf: an ethereal detail that brings an added dimension to an already exquisite still life.

15 1/8 x 12 1/4 inches