Original Shin-hanga & Modern artist (not read) Japanese Woodblock Print
Aizuri-e Tanzaku Prints
A Special Boston Collection - We are excited to share with you a special collection of Meiji era designs, original shin-hanga prints, and high quality reprints. During a recent trip to Boston, we purchased the remaining stock from a gallery specializing in Japanese woodblock prints. This Boston gallery opened in the mid 1920's and went out of business in 1933 during the Great Depression. The original owner's daughter had kept the prints safely stored for more than 75 years! These terrific works are in wonderful condition, looking almost as if they came straight from the publisher. A real treasure trove of pre-WWII prints, with original designs ranging from classic poem slips, serene landscapes, charming birds and flowers, and popular silhouette scenes, to reprints of masterworks by Hiroshige. A great opportunity to purchase an excellent early 20th century woodblock at a low Fuji Arts price!
Comments - Rare, uncut page featuring four tanzaku or poem slip prints, done in aizuri-e style using only shades of blue. The first design shows a full moon seen through bamboo, while the second image shows birds swimming with the moon reflected on the surface of the water. The next image shows a crow and a heron perched on wooden pilings, while the last design features blossoming iris. Each design features the artist's rabbit seal (not read) and the publisher's mark of Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya) in Tokyo. A lovely set of designs, unusual to find uncut.
Artist - Shin-hanga & Modern artist (not read)
Image Size - 12 1/2" x 10 1/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail, as shown. Faint stain and smudge at edge. Please see photos for details. Good overall.