Bakufu Ohno Woodblock Print Image Database

Bakufu Ohno (1888-1976) was born in Tokyo. He moved to Kansai after the great Kantou earthquake in 1923. Ohno exhibited oil paintings at Teiten in 1929. He was an honorary member of the Hyogo Prefecture Academy of Fine Arts, and a member of Taiheiyogakai. Ohno produced many landscape and fish prints, including the Familiar Fishes of Nippon (Dai Nihon gyorui gashu) in 1940, which was published by Kyoto Hanga-in; blocks were carved by Matsuda and Kikuda, printed by Shinagawa, Nagae, Uchida and Ohno.

Prints by Ohno never carried title text, and as a result the woodblock print community (including both collectors as well as galleries) has often applied 'unofficial' titles to prints in a haphazard way.

Fortunately access to official titles for some prints does exist via the woodblock print catalogs issued by Kyoto Hanga-In and Shinagawa. At least three such catalogs have been published, but the exact years of publication remain unknown because the catalogs themselves carry no indication of publication date. I estimate that the approximate publication date of my catalog presented here is 1953, because it carries a note on page 12 mentioning a date of January 1954 in the future tense. Thus, many of the prints you see below that are also listed in this catalog have an approximate date of publication of 1950-52. Prints listed below with the title "Unknown Title" have not yet had their titles confirmed from a Kyoto Hanga-In catalog.

Flower and Bird Prints (Kacho-e), Nature Prints
The Cockerel The Crane Herons Hawks Hawks
Long Tail Cock
October, 1953
Herons
Colour Variant 1
c1950s
Herons
Colour Variant 1
c1950s
Hawks
Colour Variant 1
c1950s
Hawks
Colour Variant 2
c1950s
The Crane Red Rose (Variant 1) Red Rose (Variant 2) Plum Blossoms Unknown Title, Finch and Orchid
Unknown Title
The Crane
c1950s
Red Rose
(Variant 1)
c1949
Red Rose
(Variant 2)
c1950s
Plum Blossoms
<=1950
Unknown Title
Finch and Orchid
1949
Unknown Title, Kacho-e Unknown Title, Finch and Wisteria Unknown Title, Squirrel in a pine tree Unknown Title, Kacho-e (Postcard) Unknown Title, Bamboo
Unknown Title, Kacho-e
<=1950
Unknown Title, Finch and Wisteria
1949
Unknown Title
Squirrel in a pine tree
1949
Unknown Title
Kacho-e (Postcard)
c1950s
Unknown Title
Kacho-e
1949
Cherry_Blossoms Unknown Title, Kacho-e Yellow-Rose Unknown Title, Camellia Morning Glory
Cherry Blossoms
<=1952
Unknown Title
Two Peonies and Butterfly
1950
Yellow-Rose
c1950s
Unknown Title
Camellia
c1950s
Morning Glory
1949
Flowers In Bamboo Basket (Autumn) Flowers In Bamboo Basket (Spring) Flowers In Vase (Summer) Flowers In Vase (Winter) Collection of Japanese Flowers and Birds #1
Flowers In Bamboo Basket
(Autumn)
c. 1950s
Flowers In Bamboo Basket
(Spring)
<=1950
Flowers In Vase
(Summer)
c. 1950s
Flowers In Vase
(Winter)
<=1952
Collection of Japanese Flowers and Birds #1
c. 1950s
Collection of Japanese Flowers and Birds #2 Collection of Japanese Flowers and Birds #3 Collection of Japanese Flowers and Birds #4 Collection of Japanese Flowers and Birds #5 Collection of Japanese Flowers and Birds #6
Collection of Japanese Flowers and Birds #2
c1950s
Collection of Japanese Flowers and Birds #3
c1950s
Collection of Japanese Flowers and Birds #4
c1950s
Collection of Japanese Flowers and Birds #5
c1950s
Collection of Japanese Flowers and Birds #6
c1950s
Lily In Bamboo Vase Peony In Bamboo Vase Chrysanthemums Chrysanthemums Chrysanthemums
Lily In Bamboo Vase
c1950s
Peony In Bamboo Vase
c1950s
Unknown Title
Chrysanthemums (1)
Variant 1
c 1950s

Unknown Title
Chrysanthemums (1)
Variant 2
1949

Unknown Title
Chrysanthemums (1)
Variant 3
c 1949/50

Iris Iris Unknown Title, Fish Print Camellia Zakuro and Persimmon
Iris
Variant 1, 1949
Iris
Variant 2, 1949
Unknown Title
Orchid
c1950s
Unknown Title
Camellia
c late 1940s
Unknown Title
Zakuro and Persimmon
c late 1940s
Unknown Title, Flowers Unknown Title, Flowers and Insect
Unknown Title
Chrysanthemums (2)
Variant 1
c 1950s

Unknown Title
Flowers and Insect
<=1950
Prints from the 1938 series "Familiar Fishes of Nippon"
Crucian Carp Ayu Unknown Title, Fish Print Unknown Title, Fish Print Unknown Title, Fish Print
Unknown Title
Crucian Carp
c1950s
Unknown Title
Ayu
c1938
Tobiuo
(Flying Fish)
1938
Unknown Title
Fish Print
c1938
Unknown Title
Fish Print
c1938
Unknown Title, Fish Print Unknown Title, Fish Print Unknown Title, Flounder ? Unknown Title, Eels Unknown Title, Trout ?
Unknown Title
Fish Print
c1938
Unknown Title
Aquarium
c1938
Unknown Title
Flounder ?
c1938
Unknown Title
Eels
c1938
Unknown Title
Trout ?
c1938
Unknown Title, Fish Print Unknown Title, Fish Print Gold Fish Unknown Title, Namazu Unknown Title, Fish Print
Unknown Title
Fish Print
c1938
Unknown Title
Fish Print
c1938
Unknown Title
Gold Fish
c1938
Unknown Title
Namazu Catfish
c1938
Unknown Title
Fish Print
c1938
Unknown Title, Fish Print Unknown Title, Fish Print Unknown Title, Fish Print Unknown Title, Fish Print Unknown Title, Fish Print
Unknown Title
Fish Print
c1938
Unknown Title
Fish Print
c1938
Unknown Title
Squid
c1938
Unknown Title
Fish Print
c1938
Unknown Title
Shrimp
c1938
Unknown Title, Fish Print Unknown Title, Fish Print
Unknown Title
Stingray
c1938
Unknown Title
Fish Print
c1938
Landscape Prints
Katsura Garden In Kyoto (Winter) Katsura Garden In Kyoto (Summer) Kurodani Garden In Kyoto (Spring) Seiren In Garden In Kyoto (Autumn)
Katsura Garden In Kyoto
(Winter)
c1950s
Katsura Garden In Kyoto
(Summer)
c1950s
Kurodani Garden In Kyoto
(Spring)
1951
Seiren In Garden In Kyoto
(Autumn)
<=1951
Night Scene Of Water Mill Night Scene Of Farm House Ancient Court Wagon For Ladies Ancient Court Wagon For Lords Unknown Title- Child walking through snowy field
Night Scene Of
Water Mill
1952
Night Scene Of
Farm House
1952
Ancient Court Wagon
For Ladies
c1950s
Ancient Court Wagon
For Lords
c1950s
Unknown Title
Child walking through
snowy field
c1950s
Rice Weeding (Variant) Rice Weeding Rice Planting (Variant 1) Rice Planting (Variant 2) Rice Harvest
Rice Weeding
(Variant 1)
1950
Rice Weeding
(Variant 2)
c1950s
Rice Planting
(Variant 1)
<=1951
Rice Planting
(Variant 2)
<=1950
Rice Harvest
<=1951
Rice Reaping Ebisu Jinja Gate Early Spring Hitachi, Shipbuilding and Engineering Co. Ltd.
Rice Reaping
<=1951
Ebisu Jinja Gate
c late 1940s
Early Spring

c late 1940s
Hitachi, Shipbuilding and Engineering Co. Ltd.
c 1940s

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