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Sumo - 角力
by Wada, Sanzo (1883-1967) - 和田三造
|Artist:||Wada, Sanzo (1883-1967) - 和田三造|
|Title:||Sumo - 角力|
|Series:||Japanese Vocations in Pictures - Series 3 - 昭和職業繪盡|
|Date:||1955 January (this artwork: First edition)|
|Publisher:||Kyoto Hanga-In - 京都版画院|
|Medium:||Woodblock - 木版画|
|Format:||Large Oban - 大大判, Sheet size 43 x 35cm|
|Notes:||This print is from a complete set of 24 prints (including the original album) from the post-war series by the publisher Kyoto Hanga-In. Each print has an English and Japanese scene explanation on a tissue cover that folds over the front of the print (attached on the verso). All prints in the album are edition 150 from the 200-edition run.
The print's title is in the image area. In the left margin are (top to bottom) 1. The series title; 2. The date; 3. The publisher name; 4. The publisher's official round red seal; 5. Printer and carver seal. The artist signature and seal are hand-applied within the image area.
See here for the full series.
This artwork is from my personal collection and is not for sale.
|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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