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The Rising Moon
by Yumeji, Takehisa (1884-1934) - 竹久夢二
|Artist:||Yumeji, Takehisa (1884-1934) - 竹久夢二|
|Title:||The Rising Moon|
|Series:||Takehisa Yumeji Woodblock Print Collection - 竹久夢二木版画集|
|Date:||1910s (this item: 1978-1980)|
|Publisher:||Kyoto Hanga-In - 京都版画院|
|Medium:||Woodblock - 木版画|
|Format:||Large Oban - 大大判, 40 x 52cm (sheet size)|
|Condition:||Basically fine apart from natural age toning.|
|Price:||$285 (EMS Express worldwide shipping: $35)|
|Notes:||Rare limited edition large-size strike by Kyoto Hanga-In. Edition 65/300. Publisher, printer and carver seals in the lower right margin.
This design may be after a design originally done in 1913 for a series of postcards titled Postcards by Yumeji Series 26: Women in Four Seasons (Moonrise).
|Publisher Notes:||Here are some notes from Daiwa Shinagawa (current owner of Kyoto Hanga-In, 2014) regarding the woodblocks and their survival (or not):|
He is quite clear in his explanation that all the blocks held by Nishinomiya were *completely* destroyed in an air-raid circa 1945 (including Bakufu's Fish series and Wada's Occupations series). This is quite strong evidence to support the suggestion that the blocks used after the war for these series' reprints were completely recarved.
He goes on to say that, due to the poor economic climate after the war, Kyoto Hanga-In did not have the finances to purchase new cherry blocks for each new print scene. As a result, whenever a new scene was to be published they used a block from a previously published scene (i.e., carving the block flat and then recarving the new scene). That is quite a revelation that I would never have expected. As a result of all the recarving of blocks, there are no surviving woodblocks from prior to the 1960s, so the blocks for all the usual 1950s scenes by Bakufu, Hiyoshi, Wada, etc. no longer exist.
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