Artwork Details for Wada, Sanzo (1883-1967) "The Komuso"


Wada, Sanzo (1883-1967) - The Komuso

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The Komuso
by Wada, Sanzo (1883-1967) - 和田三造

Artist:Wada, Sanzo (1883-1967) - 和田三造
Title:The Komuso
Series:Japanese Vocations in Pictures - Series 1 - 昭和職業繪盡
Date:1940 (this item: Later edition)
Publisher:Kyoto Hanga-In - 京都版画院
Medium:Woodblock - 木版画
Format:Oban - 大判, 39 x 29cm (sheet size)
Condition:Good condition. Full margins; No tears, folds, foxing; Residue from original folder mount verso. Slight washi age toning.
Price:$130 (EMS Express worldwide shipping: $30)
Artwork Code:9439-Wada_Sanzo
Notes:This print is from the later 1950s edition by the publisher Kyoto Hanga-In.

See here for the full series in my personal collection.

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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