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Blue and White Space

Japanese Color Woodblock and Silkscreen Print

Blue and White Space 

by Funasaka Yoshisuke, 1973

Lemon, 347

folio cover sheet

IHL Cat. #1579

About This Print


Using woodblock for the irregular shapes defining the trapezoid, silkscreen for the yellow and the blue patterns and some type of hole punch to create a grid pattern of 5/16" circular holes Funaska gives us another eye-pleasing print in his long-running series Blue and White Space. For other prints bearing this title please see Blue and White Space, No. 319 (with holes) and Blue and White Space (no holes), 1971 and Blue and White space, No. 366, 1974.  All of the prints in this edition were folded in half and placed in a folder (see above) on which is printed the following technical information:
Blue and White Space.
1 screen frame; 15 blocks of shina-faced plywood. Paper: torinoko hanga yōshi.
Pigment: vinyl-base screen-print; Japanese water-base color.

This print was included in the print portfolio accompanying the deluxe limited edition (limited to 300 copies) of Gaston Petit's 44 Modern Japanese Print Artists, published in 1973.  Each print in the folio was placed in its own cover as is shown above. The other four prints in the portfolio were created by the artists Fukita Fumiaki (1926-?), Akiro Kurosaki (b. 1937), Tamura Fumio (b. 1941) and Yoshida Hodaka (1926-1995). To view Yoshida's contribution, go to this collection's print Paradise, IHL Cat. #397.  

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1579
 Title Blue and White Space [as titled on folder cover]
 Artist 
 Funasaka Yoshisuke (b. 1939)
 Signature 
 Y. Funasaka in pencil
 Seal none
 Publication Date 1973
 Edition 242 of 300
 Publisher self-published
 Printer unknown, but possibly self-printed or printed by A. Sakayori who Funasaka started working with during the early 1970s
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - several unidentified spots of darkening within the trapezoidal-shaped area of the print
 Genre contemporary
 Miscellaneous included in the five print portfolio accompanying the deluxe limited edition version of Gaston Petit's 44 Modern Japanese Print Artists, published by Kodansha International Ltd. in 1973
 Format 
 H x W Paper 11 5/8 x 23 1/2 in. (29.5 x 59.7 cm) 
 H x W Image
 10 1/2 x 22 3/8 in. (26.7 x 56.8 cm)
 Collections This Print Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington FA98.40.5
 Reference Literature
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