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Crater from the series Five Views of Aso

Sakamoto Hanjirō (1882-1969)
 

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Crater (Funkakō)

from the series Five Views of Aso

by Sakamoto Hanjirō, 1950

Sakamoto Hanjirō (1882-1969)


IHL Cat. #1110

About This Print

Sakamoto gives us a view into the active crater of Mt. Aso, the largest active volcano in in Aso Kujū National Park in Kumamoto Prefecture, on the island of Kyūshū.  The print is one of five in the series Five Views of Aso.



About The Series "Five Views of Aso" (Aso gokei)

According to Merritt, the series, first published in a limited edition of 300 in 1950 by Kuga Isao of Sōjinsha with carving and printing at Katō Hanga Kenkyūsho under the supervision of Katō Junji, underwent a number of subsequent printings, including several editions of the series in a smaller format.

The titles of the five prints in the series, as shown below (clockwise starting at top right), are:

Morning at Nedodake 根子嶽の朝
Moon at Namino 波埜の月 
portfolio cover Five Views of Aso 阿蘇五景
Nangōdani 南郷谷
Funkakō (Crater) 噴火口 
Pasture 放牧



from a later edition by Kato Publishing

There is some confusion about how many subsequent editions were printed but I have found reference to the following printings, some of which may be non-woodblock reproductions.

 Year Publisher Image size (approx.) Edition Notes
1950 (Showa 25) Kuga Isao (Ichio?) of Sōjinsha  25 x 36 cm. 300carving and printing at Katō Hanga Kenkyūsho under the supervision of Katō Junji. Printing by Yamagawa Bunji.
Merritt gives the date of 1950
Kato Hanga gives the date as 1948
 1962 (Showa 37) Kyūryūdō 16.5 x 23 cm. 50portfolio titled Sakamoto Hanjirō gashū
坂本繁二郎画集 一九六四年版
 1964 (Showa 39) Kyūryūdō 16.5 x 23 cm. 300portfolio titled Sakamoto Hanjirō gashū
坂本繁二郎画集 一九六四年版 
 1971 (Showa 46) Kyūryūdō 16.5 x 23 cm. 130portfolio titled Sakamoto Hanjirō gashū
坂本繁二郎画集 一九六四年版

坂本繁二郎画集 [Sakamoto Hanjirō gashū] 一九六四年版 [1964]
久我五千男編 [editor Kuga Ichio 1911-1984]

昭39年/求龍堂 [1964 / Kyūryūdō] 木版画 [moku hanga] 阿蘇五景5枚入 限300 二重函



Five views of Aso
Paper folder containing five prints
28 x 40 cm. each print
Published by Katô Junji in 1950.




1 Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975, Helen Merritt, University of Hawaii Press, 1992, p. 264.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1110
 Title Crater (Funkakō 噴火口)
 Series Five Views of Aso (Aso gokei 阿蘇五景)
 Artist 
 Sakamoto Hanjirō (1882-1969)
 Signature 
 unsigned
 Seal
Sakamoto lさかもと
 Publication Date
 1950
 Edition likely first
 Publisher
 Kuga Isao of Sōjinsha with carving and printing at Katō Hanga Kenkyūsho under the supervision of Katō Junji
 Printer Yamagawa Bunji
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print); moku-hanga
 Miscellaneous 
 Format oban
 H x W Paper 11 1/8 x 15 1/2 in. (28.2 x 39.4 cm)
 H x W Image 9 7/8 x 14 3/16 in. (25.1 x 36 cm)
 Collections This Print The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto P00862-003
 Reference Literature Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975, Helen Merritt, University of Hawaii Press, 1992, p. 258-159 (not shown); Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints - The Early YearsHelen Merritt, University of Hawaii Press, 1998, p. 100 (not shown.)
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