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Ide Gakusui (1899-1978)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

untitled (wheat)

by Ide Gakusui, c. 1957

Ide Gakusui (1899-1978)


IHL Cat. #1693

About This Print

One of three prints I purchased as a group attributed to the print and nihonga artist Ide Gakusui (1899-1978) who designed most of his prints for the publisher Watanabe Shōzaburō (1885-1962). This print, which is neither titled or dated (though it bears a pencil notation verso reading "30 May 57"), is the only one of the three to bear the artist's mark, a rectangular cartouche with the stylized characters 岳水. The other two prints do not bear any artist's mark, but are titled and dated in the left margin (the date inscribed being 昭和卅三年一月, January 1958) and also bear a pencil notation verso reading "30 May 57" along with the pencil notation "Ide".  All three prints appear to be in the style of sōsaku hanga, rather than the shin hanga style of his prints designed for Watanabe.  None of the three prints carry a publisher's mark.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1693
 Title untitled (wheat)
 Series 
 Artist 
 Ide Gakusui (1899-1978)
 Signature 
 not signed
 Seal
岳水 - Gakusui
 Date not dated; 30 May 57 written in pencil on verso
 Edition likely first edition
 Publisher likely the artist
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - several horizontal folds in left and right margins
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous 
 Format oban
 H x W Paper 16 x 11 1/8 in. (40.6 x 28.3 cm)
 H x W Image
 14 1/4 x 9 5/8 in. (36.2 x 24.4 cm) 
 Collections This Print
 Reference Literature 
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