Saturday, 21 May 2016


Original Shin Hanga woodblock print with an artist's seal (lower right) that I have not identified.
"Bird on a Flowering Branch" (descriptive title only), c.1920
Colour woodblock print on fine paper, (sheet) 29.3 x 20.1 cm.
Condition: marvellous impression of the finest quality, bled to the edge of the sheet (or trimmed) in pristine condition. The sheet is stamped (verso) by the publisher, "Made in Japan." There are pencil notations (an inventory code?) by a previous collector (verso).

I am selling this visually sumptuous original woodblock print for AU$137 (currently US$98.88/EUR88.12/GBP68.15 at the time of posting this print) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.
If you are interested in purchasing this magnificent print executed in the tradition of the finest quality Ukiyo-e prints, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.


This technically superb and beautifully composed print exemplifies the spirit and aspirations of the Shin Hanga—or "New Prints"—revival in Japanese printmaking that looks back to the Ukiyo-e tradition. To point out just a few processes that may be seen in this masterwork and which are hallmarks of the greatest prints of the Ukiyo-e tradition: note the glue thickening of the white ink in the printing of the flowers—a process termed "Urushi-e"; note also the use of many small and subtly different coloured blocks to render each featured subject—a process termed "Nishiki-e" because it produces a brocade-like effect.





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