Artwork Details for Mikami Masatoshi (Kyoto Hanga-In) "Oden Stall"

Mikami Masatoshi (Kyoto Hanga-In) - Oden Stall - おでん屋

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Oden Stall - おでん屋
by Mikami Masatoshi (Kyoto Hanga-In) - 三上正寿

Artist:Mikami Masatoshi (Kyoto Hanga-In) - 三上正寿
Title:Oden Stall - おでん屋
Date:Mid 1950s
Publisher:Kyoto Hanga-In - 京都版画院
Medium:Woodblock - 木版画
Format:Oban - 大判, 27.5 x 42.3cm (image size)
Condition:Fine apart from some light handling creases in the margins. Embossing. Remnants of original folder mount on the verso.
Price: Sold
Artwork Code:11972-Mikami_Masatoshi
Notes:Not shown in any of the Kyoto Hanga-In catalogs I have seen, but this print contains the later style publisher seal, so probably from the mid to late 1950s. A delightful scene.
Artist Biography:
Published via Kyoto Hanga-In in the mid 1950s.
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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