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Woodblock prints by Kunisada Utagawa are a good beginning for new collectors. They are affordable, well available in the market and Kunisada is among the best known Japanese printmakers of the late Edo period.
Kunisada Utagawa - his Life and Prints
We present a selection from a first-class collection of woodblock prints by Hiroshi and Toshi Yoshida. The collection will be auctioned from March 15 until March 18.
The Woodblock Prints Collection
Among the artists of the shin hanga art movement, Ito Shinsui is the one who represents the traditional theme of beautiful women, called "bijin-ga" ("bijin" = beautiful women, and "ga" = image) like nobody else. In 1970, two years before his death, he was honored with the Order of the Rising Sun. And in 1952 his art work had been declared an "Intangible National Treasure" by a government commission.
Ito Shinsui - Bijin Prints
October 2006: Paul Binnie announced his latest tattoo design 'Kunisada no Danjro' - another tattoo design in the series 'A Hundred Shades of Ink of Edo'.
Paul Binnie - Kunisada's Danjuro
If you happen to have some old catalogs from the 1970s or 1980s, published by Yoseido in Tokyo - a forerunner and leading gallery for contemporary Japanese prints - you will encounter etchings and mezzotints by Koichi Sakamoto in nearly every issue. Today Koichi Sakamoto is something like a classical milestone in modern Japanese printmaking - an "Oldie and truly Goodie".
Koichi Sakamoto - Biografie
The road from Edo (Tokyo) to Kyoto was called the Tokaido and it was the most important and busiest road in old Japan. Today nothing is left of it but a small stone-paved path in the mountains, where the tourist buses stop. The Tokaido probably would have been forgotten, if it had not been immortalized with a series of 55 prints by Ando Hiroshige, 1797-1858, one of the great masters of Japanese printmaking.
Hiroshige and the Tokaido
Kiyokata Kaburagi was a great artist of Nihonga - traditional Japanese painting. But he was even more influential as an art teacher and promoter of the Shin Hanga movement.
Kaburagi had trained such Shin Hanga giants like Hasui Kawase, Ito Shinsui and Shiro Kasamatsu.
The fate of Takahashi Hiroaki (1871-1945) was a rather tragic one. When he was 52 years old, the fires after the great Kanto earthquake in 1923 destroyed all 500 woodblock prints he had created during his life. And when he was 74 years old, he visited his daughter in Hiroshima
in the summer of 1945. Nobody saw him again ever since.
Utagawa Hiroshige II continued the work of his great ukiyo-e master Ando Hiroshige and created several series of landscape prints.
Utagawa Hiroshige II - Biography
Mount Fuji has been a favorite theme for Japanese painters and printmakers for centuries. Woodblock prints made during the period of the shin hanga art movement are especially beautiful and represent a pinnacle in Japanese woodblock art. Shotei (Hiroaki Takahashi, 1871-1945) was one of the leading shin hanga artists. His views of Mount Fuji are among the best woodblock prints of the first half of the twentieth century.
Mount Fuji on Woodblock Prints by Shotei