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White Plum from the book Nihon no Hana

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

White Plum

from the book Nihon no Hana: Shikashū

by Maekawa Senpan, 1946

Bon Odori

IHL Cat. #396

About This Print

A branch of flowering plum sits in a teapot calligraphed with the word "fuku" 福 (good fortune). 

Originally issued for the 1946 poetry and print book Flowers of Japan: Anthology of Poems [Shikashū: Nihon no Hana], edited by Onchi Kōshirō (1891-1955) and published by Fugaku Honsha in 1946, this print is one of three prints, along with Rose by Kawanishi Hide (1894-1965) and Thistle by Kawakami Sumio (1895-1972), that were pasted into the book.  Other designs were printed directly onto the pages using woodblock. In addition to the four artists who contributed print designs (Kawanishi, Kawakami, Maekawa and Onchi), quite a few poets contributed work including Satō Haruo (1892-1964), Kitahara Hakushū (1885-1942), Noguchi Yonejirō (1875-1947), Kaoru Maruyama (1899-1974), Tatsuji Miyoshi (1900-1964), Ruyko Kawaji (1888-1959), Andō Ichirō (1907-1972), and Onchi. "There are thirty poems on the theme of Japanese flowers, and all are accompanied by a realistic illustration.  Onchi did the illustrations for twelve poems, including that for his own poem entitled Tennanshō (Taro)."1

For other prints from this book in the collection see Rose and Thistle. To see a complete copy of the book go to the Smithsonian website https://pulverer.si.edu/node/462/title/1

 
Nihon no Hana cover
Nihon no Hana

1 "Illustrated Books and Magazines by Onchi Kōshirō" Robert Vergez, appearing in Andon (Bulletin of the Society for Japanese Arts and Crafts), Vol. 5, No. 18, 1985.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #327
 Title  White Plum
 Series  originally created for the book Flowers of Japan: Anthology of Poems [Shikashū: Nihon no Hana] 詞華 日本の花
 Artist
 Maekawa Senpan (1888-1960)
 Signature
 not signed
 Seal
帆 "han" seal
 Date  1946
 Edition  unknown - it is likely that many of the individual prints were separately editioned
 Publisher  Fugaku Honsha 富岳本社  [as shown on the book's colophon] 
 Printer  一乘道明 [as shown on the book's colophon]
 Carver 上村益郎 Uemura Masurō [as shown on book's colophon]
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent
 Genre  sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous
 Format  chuban
 H x W Paper  7 x 6 3/8 in. (17.8 x 16.2 cm)
 Reference Literature 
 Collections This Print  British Museum 1989,0314,0.108 (copy of Nihon no Hana); Smithsonian Institutions Freer and Sackler FSC-GR-780.500.1-2 (copy of Nihon no Hana)
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