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Japanese Color Etching

Asakusa (浅草)

by Ōuchi Makoto, c. 1980s

IHL Cat. #1085

About This Print

In this print Ōuchi appropriates Utagawa Hiroshige's 1856 print Kinryusan Temple at Asakusa from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, to create this large format etching. In speaking about Ōuchi's appropriation of images from famous ukiyo-e artists, the Tolmans wrote in 1982:

Ōuchi uses them to evoke the past, but it is his originality that makes them contemporary.

First of all, they are not photographs but are completely redrawn by the artist, as he sees them. Secondly, he is not using a woodblock, but portrays them through the etching process in warm, soft colors - rusts, browns, gold - that give them an added poignancy.

Hiroshige, Kinryusan Temple at Asakusa, 1856 
from the series 

One Hundred Views of Edo.

1 People Who Make Japanese Prints, A Personal Glimpse, Mary S. and Norman H. Tolman, Sobunsha, 1982, p. 116-117.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #1085
 Title  Asakusa (浅草)
 Ōuchi Makoto (1926-1989)
 Ōuchi M (in pencil) and 大内(Ouchi) in image
artist's Ōuchi seal
 Publication Date  c. 1980s
 Edition  5 of 100
 Publisher  self-published
 Printer  self-printed
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent - very minor mat burn
 Genre  contemporary
 H x W Paper  24 5/8 x 19 in. (62.5 x 48.3 cm) 
 H x W Area of Etching Plate
 21 1/2 x 15 3/4 in. (54.6 x 40 cm)
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