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[Japan ca.1880's]. Color woodblock print, very clean, nice impression, minor rubbing, with Zeshin Signature, Tairyukyo seal in read, 24.9 cm., 24 cm. FIRST AND ONLY EDITION *** *** A FAMOUS PRINT, EXPRESSING NEW YEARS'S IN JAPAN "HAGOITA" The "Hagoita" [Battledore or 'paddle'] is use in Japan during the New Year celebration in a game of "Shuttlecock" where a tiny "birdie" with feathers is batted back and forth between friends. WHO WAS SHIBATA ZESHIN 1807-1891: Was a superb and talented Shin-hanga painter and woodblock print designer. While his production of prints was very small when compared to his contemporaries, his high-quality and stunning composition was beyond most other artists of his time. Ernest Fenollosa was fascinated with Zeshin, and said about him: "The Japanese genius lay in the line of art objects featuring decoration and design." Zeshin also did a great number of the most superb lacquer ware designs, may inspired or tested in his woodblock prints. he remains one of the highest masters of all time, respected as one of the all time ten best from Japan. His stature continues unquestioned, and admired by museums and collectors throughout the world. His "Zen" simple designs reflect his keen ability to express simplicity which is essentially Japanese. Bar none he stands out in the artistic world. ABOUT THE SEAL: Per Henderson [2nd.entry below] he cites the artist's seal is Tairyukyo, no.36 in the seal index of his 1976 catalog. REFERENCES: HENDERSON, Milne. :AN EXHIBITION OF PRINTS & PAINTINGS ON NETSUKE SUBJECTS BY ZESHIN & RELATED ARTISTS 28 JUNE-14 JULY [1980]. See #12 and photo. --. AN EXHIBITION OF PRINTS, PAINTINGS AND LACQUER BY SHIBATA ZESHIN 25 JUNE-9 JULY 1976. See seal #2, Tairyukyo seal #8.. O'BRIAN, Mary L. et al.: THE ART OF SHIBATA ZESHIN THE MR. AND MRS. JAMES E. O'BRIEN COLLECTION AT THE HONOLULU ACADEMY OF ARTS. JACKSON, STUART GALLERY.:WOODBLOCK PRINTS OF SHIBATA ZESHIN [1807-1891] see #6. Color scans of this & most other items are posted to our website. .
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