Artwork Details for Utamaro 1, Kitagawa (1753-1806) "Abalone Divers (right sheet)"

Utamaro 1, Kitagawa (1753-1806) - Abalone Divers (right sheet) - 鮑取り

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Abalone Divers (right sheet) - 鮑取り
by Utamaro 1, Kitagawa (1753-1806) - 喜多川歌麿

Artist:Utamaro 1, Kitagawa (1753-1806) - 喜多川歌麿
Title:Abalone Divers (right sheet) - 鮑取り
Date:1797-98 (this artwork: 1960s)
Publisher:Kyoto Hanga-In - 京都版画院
Medium:Woodblock - 木版画
Format:Triptych - 三枚続き, 27 x 40cm x 3 (sheet size)
Condition:Fine. Light embossing. Two remnants of original folder mounting on the verso edge.
Price:Available only as a full set (see comment below)
Artwork Code:13098-Kitagawa_Utamaro_1
Notes:This print is from a set of three, being one of Utamaro's most famous triptych scenes of Japanese abalone divers. This is a high-quality reproduction published by Kyoto Hanga-In for the series "A Collection of Famous Ukiyo-e Works" (浮世絵名作版画集). The quality of prints in this very rare series equals and perhaps surpasses that of the highly regarded publisher Takamizawa. The carver for this series was Harada, formally Doi Hangaten's main post-war carver who left Doi and jointed Kyoto Hanga-In in 1963. This print is only available for purchase as a set. You can see the set details here.
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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