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by Bakufu, Ohno (1888-1976) - 大野麦風
|Artist:||Bakufu, Ohno (1888-1976) - 大野麦風|
|Date:||1950s (this artwork: 1952)|
|Publisher:||Kyoto Hanga-In - 京都版画院|
|Medium:||Woodblock - 木版画|
|Format:||Oban - 大判, 24.3 x 36.6cm (image size)|
|Condition:||Pristine. Remnants of folder tip mount on verso.|
|Notes:||This is the most beautifully printed strike of this scene that I have seen.
Date, publisher and printer seals in left margin. SIGNATURE: B. Ohno signature, in Japanese characters and English, as well as a red Shinagawa publisher seal at lower right of image. Title taken from Kyoto Hanga-In Catalogue.
|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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