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Repose

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Repose

(frontispiece)

by Azechi Umetarō, 1963

Child and Dog

IHL Cat. #1332

About This Print

One of Azechi's many small-format prints, most designed as greeting cards.  This small print, however, is the frontispiece to Azechi's 1963 book Japanese Woodblock Prints: Their Techniques and Appreciation. It is a wonderful image of a welcoming mountain man with a cup of coffee in his right hand, waving a greeting with his left, while a bird flies over him and the sun hovers in the sky.  Perfect for a frontispiece,

Source: Japanese Woodblock Prints: Their Techniques and Appreciation, Umetaro Azechi,Toto Shuppan Company, Ltd., 1963, p. 10 and p. 58.
"This authentic woodblock print was designed and carved by Umetaro Azechi and hand-printed by Sokichi Kobayashi1.  The order in which the four colors were printed is blue, gray, red, and black (sectional method.2)

1 Sōkichi Kobayashi 小林宗吉 worked for the Yokohama publisher Chikuhōdo 竹芳洞 
2 According to Azechi the "sectional method" is best used when the original design does not lend itself to the key-block method which starts with a black-and-white block that "provides general unity".  In the sectional method "the block design for each color is taken directly from the original design or original picture."

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1332
 Title Repose
 Series frontispiece to Japanese Woodblock Prints: Their Techniques and Appreciation, Umetaro Azechi,Toto Shuppan Company, Ltd., 1963
 Artist 
 Azechi Umetarō (1902-1999)
 Signature 
 not signed
 Seal (of the artist) "U" stylized seal
 Publication Date 1963
 Edition first
 Publisher Toto Shuppan Company, Ltd.
 Carver the artist
 Printer Sōkichi Kobayashi 小林宗吉 worked for the Yokohama publisher 竹芳洞 Chikuhōdo 
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous 
 Format 
 H x W Paper 7 1/2 x 5 3/16 in. (19.1 x 13.2 cm)
 H x W Image 7 1/8 x  4 3/4 in. (18.1 x 12.1 cm)
 Collections This Print The British Museum 1988,0807,0.1
 Reference Literature Japanese Woodblock Prints: Their Techniques and Appreciation, Umetaro Azechi,Toto Shuppan Company, Ltd., 1963, frontispiece
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