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Mountain and Lake

Japanese Color Woodblock Print with Etching  

Mountain and Lake 山と湖

by Miyashita Tokio, undated

Dockyard 造船所

IHL Cat. #698

About This Print

I use bright colors to show the bright side of life. - T. Miyashita1

One of Miyashita's post-1980s prints2, displaying a move back towards realism from the abstraction of his works created in the 1970s.  Miyashita used a similar water and hilly shoreline motif on at least several other prints that may have been created around the time this collection's print was made.

Going Out Fishing, undated
Light-house, wave, undated

The intense blues and greens are printed using water-based inks from woodblock with the elevated black outlines and impressed surfaces of the buildings on the shoreline being achieved through soldering wire and bits and pieces to a zinc plate and building up the outlined areas with layers of oil-based intaglio ink.

 
Detail of Miyashita's trademark "rough and rugged line"3 
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Detail verso of above
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verso
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1 Japanese Prints Today: Tradition with Innovation, Margaret K. Johnson, Dale K. Hilton, Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., 1980, p. 212.

2 While Miyashita did not date his prints, this print was likely created post-1980 based upon the paper not having the artist's "TM" watermark seal on the paper - a hallmark of his pre-1980 prints.

3 44 Modern Japanese Print Artists, Gaston Petit, Kodansha International Ltd., 1973, p. 225.


Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #698
 Title  Mountain and Lake  (山と湖 Yama to mizuumi )
 Series  
 Artist
 Miyashita Tokio (1930–2011)
 Signature
 Tokio Miyashita in pencil
 Seal
 not sealed
 Date  undated but likely after 1980 - While Miyashita did not date his prints, this print was likely created post-1980 based upon the paper not having the artist's "TM" watermark seal on the paper - a hallmark of his pre-1980 prints.
 Edition  2 of 35
 Publisher  artist
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - minor toning in margin; several pin holes in margin (possible drying holes) and slight damage in image area on left from printing process
 Genre  sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous  
 Format  
 H x W Paper  13 5/8 x 20 1/8 in. (34.6 x 51.1 cm)
 H x W Image
 9 1/8 x 14 1/4 in. (23.2 x 36.2 cm)
 Collections This Print
 Reference Literature  

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