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Autumn Scenery at Takao from the series Famous Places of Kyoto

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Autumn Scenery at Takao

from the series Famous Places of Kyoto

by Nomura Yoshimitsu, originally 1930

Snow at Kinkaku Temple from the series New Selection of Noted Places of Kyoto


IHL Cat #1080

About This Print

One of six prints in the series Famous Places about Kyoto by the artist Nomura Yoshimitsu (1870-1958). While not the original edition of this print, it was certainly created during the artist's lifetime and likely in the late 1930s, after the completion of the second seminal exhibition of modern Japanese prints in 1936 at the Toledo Museum of Art.

The original edition of the print, shown below under the heading "The Original Six Prints..." was issued in a limited edition of two hundred prints, as was marked on the back of each print in the edition (see example of marking below), and carried the Sankōkai gourd-shaped seal under the artist's name as opposed to the 佐藤版 Satō Shō han gourd-shaped seal used on this collection's print, as shown below.

 
Satō Shō han seal on the second edition of print
(this collection's print)
 
Sankōkai seal on original
edition of print
 

貮百番限絶版 [Limited Edition of 200]
seal on verso on original editions in the series


Toledo Museum of Art, 1936 Exhibition of Modern Japanese Prints - Notes on the Original Edition

The original edition of this print was included in The Toledo Museum of Art's seminal 1936 exhibition Modern Japanese Prints: Wood-block Prints by Ten Artists, The Work of the Past Five Years.  The notes on this print appearing in the catalog of the exhibition are reproduced below.

288 Autumn Scenery at Takao (Takao Shukei)

The maple trees of Japan seem to fill the country at autumn time with a golden and red glow. 8 3/8” x 13 9/16” 

Signed at lower left, Yoshimitsu; red seal, Sankokai.  Right margin: the series, “Kyoraku Meisho” (Famous Places about Kyoto); the Japanese title; also the seal of the publisher, Sato of Kyoto.  Reverse side: a stamp “Ni-hyaku Ban Kagiri Zeppan Dai Hachi-ju-ni Go” (No. 82 of a Limited Edition of 200).  Undated, but published in 1931.  Printed by the artist; blocks cut by Maeda.  Blocks, 18; superimposed printings, 25 edition, 200.

The Series of Six Prints - Famous Places of Kyoto (Kyōraku meisho 京洛名所)

While all sources state this series consists only of the below six prints, at least two more prints by the artist and published by the same publisher Satō Shōtarō and carrying the same series name exist.  They are also shown below.

Source: Images from Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University

 
Great Bell at the Temple of Chion-in shōro
恩院鐘楼
昭和 05 (1930)

 Inari Hill at Fushimi
Fushimi inariyama

伏見稲荷山
昭和 05 (1930)

 Pagoda at Yasaka
Yasaka no tō

八坂之塔
昭和 05 (1930)

 
Moon at Hirosawa
Hirosawa no tuski

広沢之月
昭和 05 (1930)

Autumn Scenery at Takao
Takao Shukei
高雄秋
昭和 05 (1930)

Snow on the Kamo River Embankment
Kamo tsutsumi no yuki

加茂堤の雪
昭和 05 (1930)


Two Additional Prints with the Same Series Name 

 
View of Daimonji-fire from the Nijo bridge
Nijubashi yori Daimonji o Nozomu
京洛名所 二条橋より大文字を望む
 昭和 05 (1930)

 
Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Street
京洛名所 清水産寧坂通り
 昭和 05 (1930)

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #1080
 Title or Description
 Autumn Scenery at Takao (Takao shukei 高雄秋景)
 Series  Famous Places of Kyoto (Kyōraku meisho 京洛名所)
 Artist  Nomura Yoshimitsu (1870-1958)
 Signature
芳光 Yoshimitsu
 Seal  no artist's seal [note: seal below artist's signature is that of publisher.  See "Publisher" below
 Publication Date  originally 1930
 Publisher

佐藤
Satō Shō han
(within image beneath artist's signature)

佐藤工
Satō kō
(lower right margin)
Satō Shōtarō 佐藤 章太郎 (Marks: pub. ref. 456; no seals pictured) 
 Edition  ca. late 1930s
 Carver  Maeda Kentarō
 Printer  
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - minor soiling; light toning
 Genre  shin hanga
 Miscellaneous
 Format  horizontal oban
 H x W Paper 
 9 7/8 x 15 1/16 in. (25.1 x 38.3 cm) 
 H x W Image
 8 3/8 x 13 5/8 in. (21.3 x 34.6 cm)
 Literature 
 Modern Japanese Prints, Dorothy Blair, The Toledo Art Museum 1997, cat. 288
 Collections This Print
  Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University AcNo. ArcUP2587; Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum 1974.102.81
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