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Sōmon from the portfolio Hanga kanshōkai sakuhin-shū, Volume 2

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Sōmon 相聞

from the portfolio

Hanga kanshōkai sakuhin-shū, Volume 2

by Yamaguchi Gen, 1959/1960


IHL Cat. #1723

About This Print

This abstract small print was included in the second of two portfolios of twelve prints each published by Hanga kanshōkai, titled Hanga kanshōkai sakuhin-shū


Hanga Kanshōkai Sakuhin-shū
(Collection of Works by the Woodblock Print Appreciation Society)
From what I can deduce from available information, this two volume portfolio consisting of twenty-four small format prints by fifteen artists was published by the Yokohama publisher Chikuhōdō [竹芳洞 or 竹芳堂], under the name Hanga kanshōkai (Woodblock Print Appreciation Society), in 1959 or 1960 and re-issued at least once in 1980.*  The two-volume portfolio was originally issued in a limited edition of 700 copies for volume 1 and 500 copies for volume 2.  Each print was tipped-in to a mat measuring 14 1/2 x 11 1/8 in. (36.8 x 28.3 cm).  The prints along with a table of contents were placed in a brown paper envelope, as shown below.  It appears that some of the prints in the two portfolios were re-issues of earlier designs.

* the portfolios shown or referenced on line are variously dated 1958 by Saru Gallery, c. 1960 by Scholten Japanese Art, 昭和50年頃(c. 1975) by Yamada-Shoten and  昭和55 (1980) by the Japanese Association of Antique Book Dealers Natsume Books and the Aomori Museum. 

Prints included in Volume 1:

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1. Onsen by Maekawa Senpan (1888-1960)
2. Shirasagi Castle by Hashimoto Okiie (1899-1993)
3. Autumn leaves by Mizufune Rokushu (1912-1980)
4. Nasu in spring by Mabuchi Toru (1920-1994)
5. Child of the flowers by Takei Takeo (1894-1983)
6. Oku-nikko by Maeda Masao (1904-1974)
7. Suichuka-Artificial flower in the water by Seimiya Hitoshi (1886-1969)
8. Yamagata Daikoku Dance by Miyao Shigeo (1902-1983)
9. Toys by Hatsuyama Shigeru (1897-1973)
10. Pigeon in Florence by Sekino Junichiro (1914-1988)
11. Red face by Azechi Umetaro (1902-1999) 
12. Kitten by Inagaki Tomoo (1902-1980)

Prints included in Volume 2:

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1. Photography Studio (18.7 x 14 cm), by Kawakami Sumio (1895-1972)
2. Crystal (17.7 x 13.4 cm), by Maeda Masao (1904-1974)
3. Autumn at Lake Haruno (13.3 x 15.2 cm), by Maekawa Senpan (1888-1960)
4. Castle in Autumn (Matsue Castle) (17.5 x 12.7 cm), by Hashimoto Okie (1899-1993)
5. Somon (22.6 x 14.2 cm), by Yamaguchi Gen (1896-1976)
6. Stone Fish (21.8 x 14.7 cm), by Mizufune Rokushu (1912-1980)
7. Interior Still Life (21.2 x 13.1 cm), by Kawanishi Hide (1894-1965)
8. Haniwa (19 x 14.3 cm), by Mabuchi Toru (1920-1994)
9. Flower and Bird (12.6 x 17.2 cm), by Takei Takeo (1894-1983)
10. Poppies (14.2 x 17.7 cm), by Inagaki Tomoo (1902-1980)
11. The Observing Eye (23.8 x 18.2 cm), by Azechi Umetaro (1902-1999) 
12. Moulin de la Galette, Paris (22.6 x 14.7 cm), by Sekino Jun'ichiro (1914-1988)

版画鑑賞会作品集
portfolio covers for volumes 1 and 2 original edition

index for volume 2 original edition
 

版画鑑賞
Portfolio covers for 1980 edition
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Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #1723
 Title/Description  相聞 sōmon 
 Series  Collection of Works by the Woodblock Print Appreciation Society: Volume 2
 版画鑑賞会作品集 全2冊 Hanga Kanshōkai Sakuhin-shū, ni 
 Artist 
 Yamaguchi Gen (1896-1976)
 Signature 
 not signed
 Seal
artist's "G" seal
 Publication Date  originally 1959/1960 (this print likely from the 1980 edition)
 Publisher  Hanga Kanshōkai 版画鑑賞会 竹芳洞
 Printer  likely printed by Chikuhōdo 竹芳洞
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent
 Miscellaneous  
 Genre  sosaku hanga (creative prints)
 Format  
 H x W Paper  8 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. (22.2 x 14 cm )
 H x W Image  8 3/8 x 5 in. (21.3 x 12.7 cm)  
 Collections This Print  

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