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Itsukushima Gardens (Miyajima)
by Bisen Fukuda (a. 1950s)
|Artist:||Bisen Fukuda (a. 1950s)|
|Title:||Itsukushima Gardens (Miyajima)|
|Date:||1950s (this item: First/Early edition)|
|Publisher:||Kyoto Hanga-In - 京都版画院|
|Medium:||Woodblock - 木版画|
|Format:||Large Oban - 大大判, approx. 43 x 29cm|
|Condition:||Fine condition, no tears, folds, stains or foxing. Unbacked. Remnants of original folder tip mounting on verso.|
|Notes:||Title, artist's seals and Shinagawa publisher seals at rower right corner. Red English "Kyoto Hanga-In" seal and date at left of bottom margin. Red Japanese "Kyoto Hanga-In" copyright seal in right margin.|
|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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