This is a collection of 59 individually titled colored woodcuts by Helen Hyde. They depict everyday life in Japan, China and
Mexico at the beginning of the 20th century.
Helen Hyde was born in Lima, New York, spending
her early years in San Francisco. Her art education began at age twelve when
she studied with her neighbor, Danish artist, Ferdinand Richardt. She graduated
from Wellesley School for Girls an then California School of Design. After
which she developed her talents in Germany with Franz Skarbina and Raphael
Collin, and Felix Regamery in Paris. It was Regamey that introduced her to the
Japonism movement. She returned to San Francisco in 1894 then lived in France,
Germany and Japan. She spent 15 years in Tokyo mastering traditional Japanese
brush painting and woodcuts. She died in Pasadena, California on May 13,
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