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Falling Star Pine Tree at Zenyoji Temple #64 from the series One Hundred Pictures of Great Tokyo in the Showa Era

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Falling Star Pine Tree at Zenyoji Temple (#64)

from the series One Hundred Pictures of Great Tokyo

in the Showa Era

by Kishio Koizumi, 1935

Landscape at Nerima Ward #73 from the series One Hundred Pictures of Great Tokyo in the Showa Era

IHL Cat. #99

About This Print

Number sixty-four of the one hundred prints that make up the series Showa dai Tokyo hyakuzue (One Hundred Pictures of Great Tokyo During Showa).  Koizumi started this series in 1928 and completed it twelve years later in 1940.

Artist's Annotation

Source: MIT Visualizing Cultures website http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/tokyo_modern_02/annotation.html
In 1940, Koizumi created woodblock print charts containing print titles, dates, and comments for this series.  His comment for this print follows:

“This pine tree has the beauty of a cultivated bonsai plant. It is about 110 feet. The name of the tree comes from a legend.”

Other Impressions - Reference Images for this Print

 
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo P00131-026

A more recent picture of Falling Star pine tree at Zenyo-ji Shrine.  It is a Japanese black pine eight meters high. It branches off in all directions at a level of 1.8 meters to form a circular roof having a diameter of about 28 meters.  The pine has been in failing health and the Japanese government has undertaken studies on how best to preserve it.


Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #99
 Title  Falling Star Pine Tree at Zenyoji Temple (also known as Hoshifuri Pine)
 江戸川区・善養寺ノ星降り松 
 Series  One Hundred Pictures of Great Tokyo in the Showa Era
 Showa dai Tokyo hyakuzue 昭和大東京百図絵
 Reference Number
 #64 (artist's annotated portfolio list from c. 1940)
 Artist
 Koizumi Kishio (1893-1945)
 Signature
 Koizumi Kishio (Roman letters) and Izumi 泉 in image and artist's pencil signature "Koizumi Kishio" in Japanese in right hand margin.
 Seal  
 Publication Date  June 1935
 Edition  unknown edition.  This print has the series information in the right margin as opposed to the print (shown below) from The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo which has the series title in the left margin.
 Publisher  likely self-published; some sources list publisher as Asahi Press (see "The Publisher of the Series" under the artist's bio Koizumi Kishio.)
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent - light toning
 Miscellaneous
 Genre  sosaku hanga (creative prints)
 Format  dai oban
 H x W Paper  15 3/8 x 11 7/8 in. (39.1 x 30.2 cm)
 H x W Image  14 5/8 x 11 in. (37.1 x 27.9 cm)
 Collections This Print  The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo P00131-026; Wolfsonian-Florida International University TD1993.69.1.43
 Reference Literature Tokyo: The Imperial Capital Woodblock prints by Koizumi Kishio, 1928-1940, Marianne Lamonaca, The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, 2004, p. 97; Hanga ni miru Tokyo no fukei; Kanto daishinsai kara senzen made, Ota Kuritsu Kyodo Hakubutsukan, 2002, pl. 142, p.38.


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