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|Auction SOSAKU HANGA AND JAPANESE PRINTS - 1321 - ending in 3 days, 10 hours, 55 minutes and 52 seconds.|
|Japanese Prints and Azuma Asobi - 1320||Sosaku Hanga and Japanese Prints - 1321||Japanese Prints - 1322||Modern Japanese Prints - 1323|
Start Sunday, July 5, 2015 8:00:01 PM
End Thursday, July 9, 2015 8:00:00 PM
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This auction presents a collection of many Japanese Sosaku Hanga prints. Great works by Unichi Hiratsuka, Koshiro Onchi and many rare items that you will not see much elsewhere.
Sosaku Hanga artists were "Impressionists". They wanted to express their joy, sadness, hope, anger and the impressions from their observations of the surroundings in direct manner. Although Japan had the long history of the highly refined woodblock printing methods and productions procedures, the Sosaku Hanga artists deliberately chose the self-carved, self-printed method in order to free themselves from the rigid ukiyo-e tradition.
Sosaku Hanga was started by the simple black and white woodblock prints published in magazines, which were circulated among the print club members and friends. At the first glance, these prints look unskilled and not refined. However, under the lack of obviously sophisticated techniques, one can see the vast individual styles of the artists. Sosaku Hanga artists eventually developed their own unique styles and methods. After W.W.II, their concepts and methods have been passed on to the modern - contemporary print artists.
Unichi Hiratsuka - Modern Master | Auction Catalog
"Isahaya Megane Bridge" Spectacle-shaped stone bridge in Isahaya, Nagasaki prefecture. It is the oldest foreign shaped stone bridge (built in 1634), and registered as an “Important Cultural Property" by Japanese government. This design was featured in the exhibition, "Hiratsuka: Modern Master" by the Art Institute of Chicago in 2001. It is in Van Zelst Family Collection.
Unichi Hiratsuka was the master of Sosaku Hanga movement. His prints with stark compositions and rhythmical lines have attracted visitors to many renowned art collections and museums all aver the world, including Tokyo Museum of Modern Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Rockefeller Foundation in New York, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. and the Freer Gallery.
He was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit by the Japanese government in 1970. In 1991, the Hiratsuka Unichi Print Museum was opened in Suzaka, Nagano Prefecture.
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Unichi Hiratsuka (1895-1997) is one of the founding fathers of the Creative Prints movement (Sosaku Hanga) and one of the big names of twentieth century Japanese art. Hiratsuka is best known for prints in black and white. He died at the age of 102 years.
Unichi Hiratsuka - Biography