Kiyoshi Nakajima
Nakajima Kiyoshi

 
 

The bijin-ga artist Nakajima Kiyoshi (中島 潔) was born in Manchuria, China, in April 1943. He returned to Japan after the war and lived in Saga, Kyushu. Kiyoshi was deeply affected by his mother's death from cancer, and it is probably this experience that led him to draw his most famous woodblock prints of young ladies in a dreamy, melancholy mood, in harmony with the wind. He is also well-known throughout Japan as a painter and illustrator of children's books.

Bijin-Ga Prints by Nakajima Kiyoshi

Presented below is a very special two-volume album set of bijin-ga prints by "painter of the wind" Nakajima Kiyoshi. Exceedingly rare, this two-volume set is as-published by Kyoto Hanga-In in circa 1984 and includes the original two tatou albums that each house five prints in individual deluxe print folders. One volume still includes the accompanying series documentation that explains the genesis of this remarkable set (documentation is missing from the second volume). Published in a limited edition (edition size is currently unknown) by Kyoto Hanga-In, via the efforts of no less than two carvers and four printers, with each print being pencil signed by Nakajima himself.

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Artist: Kiyoshi Nakajima
Title: Fine Rain
Series: Woodblock Print Collection
Date: 1982

Artist: Kiyoshi Nakajima
Title: Thoughts of the Wind
Series: Woodblock Print Collection
Date: 1980s

Artist: Kiyoshi Nakajima
Title: The Other Side Of The Wind
Series: Woodblock Print Collection
Date: 1982

Artist: Kiyoshi Nakajima
Title: Love Letter
Series: Woodblock Print Collection
Date: 1980s

Artist: Kiyoshi Nakajima
Title: Words of the Wind
Series: Woodblock Print Collection
Date: 1980s

Artist: Kiyoshi Nakajima
Title: Swaying
Series: Woodblock Print Collection
Date: 1980s

Artist: Kiyoshi Nakajima
Title: Fragrant Breeze
Series: Woodblock Print Collection
Date: 1980s

Artist: Kiyoshi Nakajima
Title: Cloud Patterns
Series: Woodblock Print Collection
Date: 1980s

Artist: Kiyoshi Nakajima
Title: Dream Patterns
Series: Woodblock Print Collection
Date: 1983

Artist: Kiyoshi Nakajima
Title: Hirugao
Series: Woodblock Print Collection
Date: 1980s

Set deluxe album, print folders, and brochures

Double-album set, each holding five prints in deluxe folders

Double-album set


Album internals and print folders

Album internals and print folders


1st volume brochure. This mentions the two carvers and four printers, and also the set as being a limited edition.


Set introduction by Kyoto Hanga-In, dated May 1984


Prints from the first album volume

Prints from the first album volume



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