Original Wada Sanzo (1883 - 1968) Japanese Woodblock Print
Riverboat Captain, 1939
Series; Japanese Vocations in Pictures, Series 1
Japanese Vocations in Pictures - Handsome design from a series that Tokyo artist Wada Sanzo created to show changing occupations during the rapid modernization of Japan in the mid-20th century. Wada created a total of three series on workers in Japan, illustrating both traditional and modern vocations. He began the series in 1938 to immediate success, with the first two series published by Nishinomiya Sho-In, but publication was halted in 1943 due to WWII. The third and final series was published in the 1950s by Kyoto Hanga-in under the title "Continuing Japanese Vocations in Pictures." Series 1 and 2 were limited editions of 300 prints each, while Series 3 was a limited edition of 200 prints. These wonderful images of modern life are rendered in a very painterly style. They document a changing era, recording many professions that were gradually disappearing alongside new jobs just being established.
- This print is from the first edition, signed in ink within the image, with a circular publisher's seal at lower right or in the right margin.
Artist - Wada Sanzo (1883 - 1968)
Image Size - 10 3/4" x 14 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at top corners with staining from original publisher mounting. Please see photos for details.