YUSE Yoshinori

(Japan 1947 – )

Butterfly Cove

Location
Not on display
Further information

With this tranquil idealised scene Yuse creates an archetypal symbol encapsulating the traditional Japanese veneration of nature. Most Japanese forests are in the mountains and inaccessible, and therefore from ancient times the mountains have been regarded as sacred places, the dwelling place of spirits. There is a permanent, iconic presence and purity to his image that perpetuates Japan's animist approach to nature. To reiterate this reverence, Yuse has subtly shown the gradual autumnal transformation of the mountains, where the autumnal trees and their reflections, form the shape of a butterfly, a traditionally auspicious symbol. By concentrating just on the one motif of the pine tree, and capturing the variations within that one motif, he has demonstrated the perennial Japanese sense of constant refinement of a single motif.

Yuse was born in Akita Province and now lives in Tokyo.

Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 116.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Heisei period 1989–
Year
1989
Media
Print
Medium
screenprint
Dimensions
70.0 x 54.5 cm image;80.7 x 66.4 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r., pencil "Y.Yuse". Not dated.
Credit
Gift of the artist 1993
Accession number
480.1993