MIZUSHIMA NIHOFU. (1884-1958). Hibari-ga-oka
Artist: Mizushima Nihofu (1884-1958)
Subject: Hibari-ga-oka. A hunter carrying a gun followed by a dog.
Series: Hanshin Meisho zue (Pictures of famous places in Hanshin). Print no. 27.
Signature: Artist seal
Date: Taisho 5 (1916)
Publisher: Kanao Bunendō, Tokyo.
Size: 35x24 cm
Medium: Woodblock color print.
Literature: Charles H. Mitchell, Hanshin Meisho Zue a little known early shin-hanga series, in Matthi Forrer (editor), Essays on Japanese Art presented to Jack Hillier. London, 1982. Jack Hillier, The Art of the Japanese Book. London, 1987. pag. 1007-8. Scott Johnson. 'Sketch-tour Books and Prints of the Early Twentieth Century' in Andon 37. Leiden, 1991, pag. 28-30
Remarks: Print no. 27 from the most famous and ambitious work of the "sketch- tour books" popular in Japan in the early twentieth century. The series comprises a table of contents, a map and 30 large-format woodblock prints of views of places in the area of Osaka and Kobe (Hanshin). The prints are the work of five artists: Akamatsu Rinsaku (1878-1953), Noda Kyūhō (1879 -1971), Hata Tsuneharu (1883 -?), Mizushima Nihou (1884-1958) and Hyōsai Nagai (1882-1945). The printing woodblocks and all copies in storage at the publisher’s house were destroyed in the great Kanto earthquake of 1923.
Conditions: Good impression and colour, paper slightly toned, good conditions.
Item no: F 138
Price: Euro 120