Special Selection - Limited Time - 20th Century Japanese Prints 

 

In the late 19th century the Western world 'discovered' Ukiyo-e, a bright and lively style of Japanese art that soon became immensely popular in Europe and the Americas. Just as the west was falling in love with these beautiful prints, traditional woodblock print-making in Japan was suffering a decline. In 1915, Japanese art expert Arthur Davison Ficke declared the art of Ukiyo-e 'completely dead'. "It is idle to hope that real vitality will ever return to animate this lost art."

However much this might have been true in 1915, within a decade of Ficke's prediction high quality woodblock printing was reintroduced by artists including Yoshida, Shinsui, Koson, Hasui, Goyo, and Kotondo. This generation incorporated a somewhat-Western style with traditional Japanese techniques, giving birth to the Shin Hanga, or "new prints". Shin Hanga artists returned to the same subjects that had moved the great Ukiyo-e pioneers such as Hiroshige, Hokusai and Utamaro: landscapes, beautiful women and nature studies.

One of the defining, and finest, features of Shin Hanga is the highly refined printing techniques used, and Hiroshi Yoshida, in particular, built upon and improved the older techniques. Using dozens upon dozens of wood blocks, he created incredible subtleties of shadings and printing such as has not been seen before or since.

All prints oban size (approx 10" X 16") unless otherwise noted. Oversized prints will be subject to an additional shipping charge, otherwise see conditions of sales.



Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950)
9. Noon Day's Rest - Numazaki - 1927
Signed: Yoshida
Publisher: "Jizuri" (Self printed) 1927
In pencil: 'Noon Day's Rest" - Numazaki + artist's signature
Dai-Oban. Very good impression, colors and condition

$sold

 

 



Koson (1877-1945)
42. White Fronted Goose Flying over Reeds
Signed: Koson
Very good impression, colors, and condition.
sold

 

 



Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950 )
15. Hodakadake 1926
Series: 12 Views of the Japanese Alps
Publisher: "Jizuri" (self printed)
Very good, early impression with jizuri (self printed) seal.
sold

 

 

Koson (1877-1945)
87. Cuckoo in Flight
Signed: Koson
Publishers Mark: Daikokuya
O-Tanzaku
Very good impression, colors, and condition
sold

 

 


Torii Kotondo (1900-76)
11. Woman Before Mirror Making Up
Signed: Showa gonen natsu Kotondo ga (Picture by Kotondo, Summer,
Showa 5 (1930)
Publisher: Kawaguchiya
Block Cutter: Ito
Printer: Komatsu Wasakichi
Number 209 out of edition of 250 (stamp on reverse).
1930
sold

 

 

Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950)
2.
Tsurugisan Morning 1926
In pencil: 'Tsurugi zan Morning' + artist's signature
Publisher: "Jizuri" (Self printed)) in 1926
Some very minimal thinning of paper on verso otherwise very good condition.
$sold

 

 



Koson (1877-1945)
424. Rooster and Hen
Signed: Koson
Publishers: Daikokuya
c1910s
O-Tanzaku
Very good impression, colors, and condition

sold

 

 



Torii Kotondo (1900-76)
118. Beni 1930
Very good impression, colors, and condition. 1st state
sold

 


 

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