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Drumming God is Thunder God from the magazine Bijutsu Sekai Vol. 16

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Drumming God is Thunder God

from the magazine Bijutsu Sekai, Vol. 16

 by Kawanabe Kyōsai, 1892


IHL Cat. #1932

About This Print

Adoring fans watch the thunder god, raijin, perform in this diptych by Kawanabe appearing in the 16th volume of the arts magazine Bijutsu Sekai (World of Art), published in February 1892.

 
cover of Bijutsu Sekai, Volume 16 巻十六
 
Comments on Kyōsai from Volume 16
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The Magazine Bijutsu Sekai

Source: Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints: Reflections of Meiji Culture, Helen Merritt and Nanako Yamada, University of Hawaii Press, 2000

Twenty-five issues of Bijutsu Sekai 美術世界 (World of Art) were published from December 22, 1890 until the final issue on January 2, 1894.  The magazine presented fifteen or more works of well-known contemporary and past master artists to the public in woodblock form in each issue.  The woodblocks were either reproductions of paintings in reduced-size or original woodblocks. Published by Shun'yōdō  春陽堂, a Tokyo publishing firm best known for publishing illustrated novels, each issued was edited by the nihonga artist and designer of woodblock prints, Watanabe Seitei 渡辺省亭1 (1851-1918), who specialized in kachoga (bird and flower paintings).

Artists' works appearing in the magazine included those of Seitei himself, Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831-1889)Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), Kōno Bairei (1844-1895)Kobayashi Eitaku (1843-1890), Imao Keinen (1845-1923), Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806), Maruyama Ōkyo (1733-1795), Yosa Buson (1716-1784) and Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849).  The final issue, volume 25, consisted of works only by Seitei.

Woodblock printing was done by Yoshida Ichimatsu (1866-1924) and the woodblocks were carved by Gotō Tokujirō.

1 also seen written in Japanese as 省亭
 
 Issue 1
December 22, 1890
 
 Issue 2
January 25, 1891
 
 Issue 3
February 26, 1891
 
巻四 Issue 4
March 25, 1891

 
巻五 Issue 5
April 25, 1891

巻六 Issue 6 
May 10, 1891

 Issue 7
June 10, 1891

 Issue 8
July 10, 1891



 Issue 9
July 25, 1891
 
巻十  Issue 10
August 26, 1891
 
巻十一  Issue 11
October 5, 1891
 
巻十 Issue 12
October 26, 1891

 
巻十三  Issue 13
November 30, 1891
 
巻十四 Issue 14
December 25, 1891
 
巻十 Issue 15
December 28, 1891

巻十六 Issue 16
February 29, 1892

 
巻十七  Issue 17
June 20, 1892

八 Issue 18
July 22, 1892

巻十九 Issue 19
September 25, 1892

巻廿 Issue 20
November 10, 1892

 
巻廿一  Issue 21
November 29, 1892
 
巻廿二  Issue 22
December 12, 1892

廿三  Issue 23
December 28, 1892

 
巻廿四 Issue 24
October 17, 1893
  
 
巻廿 Issue 25
(final issue)
January 2, 1894
 
colophon Issue 25
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Colophon 
明治廿二月廿日印刷
[printed December 28, 1893]
明治廿
[published January 2, 1894]
明治廿内務許可
[authorized by Ministry of Home Affairs November 6, 1889]

編輯者 省亭
[edited by Watanabe Seitei]
印刷者 吉田市松 
[printed by Yoshida Ishimatsu]
雕刻者 五島徳次郎
[carved by Gotō Tokujirō]
行者 和田篤太郎
[publisher Wada Tokutarō]
所 春陽堂
[sales office Shun'yōdō]

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #1932
 Title or Description  Drumming God is Thunder God from the magazine Bijutsu Sekai, Volume 16
 美術世界 巻十六
 Artist  Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831-1889)
 Signature

 Seal  triangular shōjo seal (see above)
 Publication Date  February 29, 1892
  明治廿五年二月廿五日印刷同二月二十九日出版
 Publisher  Shun'yōdō 春陽堂; proprietor Wada Tokutarō 和田篤太郎
 Carver 
 Gotō Tokujirō 五島徳次郎
 Printer  Yoshida Ichimatsu 吉田市松 (1866-1924)
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent
 Genre  美術雑誌 Art magazine
 Miscellaneous  
 Format  
 H x W Paper 
 9 13/16 x 6 3/8 in. (24.9 x 16.2 cm) [each sheet]
 H x W Image 7 5/8 x 5 3/16 in. (19.4 x 13.2 cm) [each sheet)
 Collections This Print  Smithsonian Institution Freer/Sackler FSC-GR-780.900.15 [volume 16]; Harvard Library [all 25 volumes can be seen on-line at https://iiif.lib.harvard.edu/manifests/view/drs:52409570$1i
 Reference Literature

last revised:
9/17/2018
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