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- [Tokyo ca 1920's, Watanabe.] An Oban color woodblock print, horizontal format, sheet size: 38.6 x 24.3 x cm., print size 35.1 x 21.9 cm., excellent example no issues, block signed, red Hanko [chop/seal], a reprint of the mid-1830's edition. *** *** *** . . ONE OF HIROSHIGE'S MOST FAMOUS LANDSCAPES . . SEBA NO AKI TSUKI: AUTUMN MOON AT SEBA . . A COLLABORATIVE WORK WITH CONTRIBUTION BY EISEN . . This stunning work shows two bargemen poling their craft in the same direction, as wind-bent willows lean over the blue Narai river in a lonely region, under a harvest moon at dusk. . This exact print is illustrated and commented upon in length by Lane, where he cites the date to be circa late 1830's. . *** . COLLABORATIVE WORK OF TWO MASTER ARTISTS HIROSHIGE & EISEN: . ANDO HIROSHIGE I [1797-1858]: Was the last major master of the Ukiyo-e School. In 1811 he studied with Ukiyo-e master, Utagawa Toyohiro, from whom he received his "nom d'artiste" Hiroshige. His first published illustrated book was from 1818, during the following decades he published profusely. From 1831 he was greatly influenced by Hokusai and began his series of landscape prints. . *** EISEN [1790-1848]: Was a Ukiyo-e painter, print artist and illustrator. Pupil first of the Kano School artist Hakkesai, then of the Ukiyo-e artist Eizan. He is well-known as a collaborator with Hiroshige I for this series of landscapes. See Lane, p.219. . *** WATANABE SHOZABURO REPRINT: . This is a Watanabe reprint of Hiroshige's most famous color woodblock color print. This is a circa 1920 excellent example and color woodcut print faithful to the original, exact in all details. It is an exact match for the print cited in Lane, page 183, no.187, and also in the Watanabe 1936 catalog. Although Watanabe did not mark, stamp or otherwise earmark the great master's Sui Generis, the paper and printing is unmistakable the product of Watanabe in the 1920's-30's. . PUBLISHER WATANABE SHOZABURO [1885-1962]: . Watanabe Shozaburo was a known maker of this kind of fine reprint work. It is number 346 on pl. 62 of his catalog. As usual, there are no Watanabe publisher's seal or indication whatsoever on the print. Due to the nature of the 'laid' paper, it is commensurate with his high-quality color woodblock reprinted works. Because it was in the 1936 catalog is not an indication of date. Watanabe had been making high quality reprints of famous masters' prints from 1915. See Watanabe below. . Watanabe was a Japanese print [woodblock] publisher and the driving force behind the Japanese printmaking movement known as "Shin-hanga" [New prints"] movement. Watanabe employed highly skilled carvers and printers, and commissioned artists to design prints that combined traditional Japanese techniques with elements of contemporary Western painting, such as perspective and shadows. Watanabe coined the term Shin-hanga in 1915 to describe such prints. Charles W. Bartlett, Hashiguchi Goyo, Kawase Hasui, Yoshida Hiroshi, Kasamatsu Shiro, Torii Kotondo, Ohara Koson, Terashima Shimei, Ito Shinsui, Takahashi Shotei and Yamakawa Shuho are among the artists whose works he published. . Much of his company's stockpile of both prints and their original printing-blocks was destroyed in the Great Kanto earthquake of 1923. In the following years, new versions of many of these prints were created, using re-carved blocks, typically, the re-issued "post-quake" prints included changes and revisions in the designs. The quality was always fist class, using highest quality materials and craftsmen. . Watanabe exported most of his Shin-hanga prints to the United States and Europe due to a lack of Japanese interest. . *** CONDITION: This work is in excellent condition, strong color, perfect registry, no fading, clean and solid, as issued. . *** BIBLIOGRAPHY: LANE, Richard.: IMAGES FROM THE FLOATING WORLD: THE JAPANESE PRINT, INCLUDING AN ILLUSTRATED DICTIONARY OF UKIYO-E, p.182, illustration 186 shows this exact print. For the full series K
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