Artwork Details for Hiyoshi Mamoru (a.c. 1950s) "Korean Scene (Gate of Castle)"

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Hiyoshi Mamoru (a.c. 1950s) - Korean Scene (Gate of Castle)

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Korean Scene (Gate of Castle)
by Hiyoshi Mamoru (a.c. 1950s) - 日吉守

Artist:Hiyoshi Mamoru (a.c. 1950s) - 日吉守
Title:Korean Scene (Gate of Castle)
Series:Series on Korean Subjects - 韓国の生活
Date:1951 (this artwork: First edition)
Publisher:Kyoto Hanga-In - 京都版画院
Medium:Woodblock - 木版画
Format:Oban - 大判, 36.3 x 24.1cm (image size)
Artwork Code:11584-Hiyoshi_Mamoru
Notes:Title from the Kyoto Hanga-In catalogue.

First edition seal in the right margin. Publisher seals in right margin. The print is signed "M. Hiyoshi" and has the stylized Mamoru seal and Shinagawa seal at the lower right of image. Printed by Hayaakawa. Carved by Kikuta. See other Hiyoshi prints in my personal collection here

Hiyoshi was born in Tokyo, studied art with Okada Saburosuke and graduated from the Tokyo School of Fine Arts. In the early 1950's, he designed brightly colored woodblock prints of Korean people and their customs (this print included).

This artwork is from my personal collection and is not for sale.

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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