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Iizuka Fūkei (Landscape of Iizuka)

Fujimori Shizuo (1891-1943)
 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Iizuka Fūkei (Landscape of Iizuka)

from the magazine HANGA, Vol. 14

by Fujimori Shizuo, 1928

Fujimori Shizuo (1891-1943)


IHL Cat. #1350

About This Print


This print was created for the jin (coterie magazine) HANGA (Print Art), Volume 14, issued in 1928 by the Hanga-no-Ie institute.  It provides a somewhat bleak landscape of Iizuka in Fukuoka Prefecture about an hour from Fujimori's birthplace in Kurume.  Iizuka is in the valley of the upper Onga River. The city developed as a mining center with the opening of the Chikuhō 筑穂 Coalfield and a railway from Wakamatsu (now in Kitakyūshū) in the 1890s. The mines were gradually closed after World War II. Iizuka is now a commercial center and railway hub for the upper Onga valley.

The Magazine HANGA
Source: Source: Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975, Helen Merritt, University of Hawaii Press, 1992, p. 201-202.: 1900-1975, Helen Merritt, University of Hawaii Press, 1992, p. 202-203.

Published by Hanga-no-Ie in Kobe under the direction of Yamaguchi Isayoshi, HANGA made its appearance in February 1924 and sold to subscribers for 80 sen each.  Sixteen quarterly issues (numbers 9 and 10 combined) were published until April 1930.  Merritt estimates that there were no more than 300 subscribers. As announced in its Table of Contents (see below), the purpose of the magazine was "to publish, exhibit, and encourage appreciation of sōsaku hanga."


Originally issued in folders, later editions were distributed in printed envelopes, as shown below. Each set contained about 10 prints mounted on backings of uniform size.  Seven or eight prints in each set were hand-printed with the remainder reproductions.


While Merritt writes that the only written content was the table of contents, Volume 14, one of the last issues, had extensive text printed on the back of the page each print was mounted to. (See images for this collection's print, above.)

As listed in Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints, contributors included the following 65 artists (volumes their work appears in are given in brackets):
Akasawa Tetsutarō [12]; Asahi Masahide [6, 9/10]; Asano Takeji (1900-1999) [16], Azechi Umetarō (1902-1999) [14, 15]; Fujii Tatsukichi [4]; Fujimori Shizuo (1891-1943) [4, 14], Fujita T. [6, 7], Fujiki Kikumaro [4], Fukazawa Sakuichi [3, 8-11, 13-15]; Furukawa Ryūsei [13]; Harumura Tadao [2, 8, 9/10]; Henmi Takashi [2, 7], Hirakawa Seizō [8, 11]; Hiratsuka Un'ichi (1895-1997) [3, 6-8, 11, 13, 15]; Ikura Yoshio [11], Inagaki Tomoo [6, 9/10, 11, 14]; Ishii Tsuruzō [2]; Ishizaki Shigetoshi [16]; Itō Yoshio [12]; Iwakoshi Kurō [4]; Kamei Tōbei  (1901-1977) [15]; Kashino Yasuzō [9/10]; Kawabata Yanosuke [16]; Kawai Usaburo [2], Kawakami Sumio (1895-1972) [3, 7-11, 13, 15]; Kawakami Jōta [1]; Kawanishi Hide (1894-1965) [8, 11, 16]; Kawsaki Kyosen [4, 9/10]; Kitamura Imazō [2, 7, 11, 13, 15]; Kobayashi Kiyomitsu [12, 15]; Kodama Takamura [16], Koizumi Kishio (1893-1945) [2, 7, 9/10, 12]; Kosaka T. [2, 13]; Kurita Yū [4]; Mabe Tokio [14]; Maeda Masao (1904-1974) [11]; Maekawa Senpan (1888-1960) [2, 12, 14, 16]; Makimura Tsuneyoshi [9/10]; Miyao Shigeo [13]; Moritani Tokio [6, 8, 14]; Moriyama Shūji [4, 6, 9/10, 14]; Munakata Shikō [16]; Nagase Yoshio [6, 12]; Nomura Toshihiko [8]; Oda Kazuma [2]; Ohara Ken [14]; Onchi Kōshirō (1891-1955) [13]; Ono Shōji [9/10]; Ono Shuchiku [7]; Ono Tameo [15], Ōtsuki Bun'ichi [3, 7]; Shibue Shūkichi [3]; Shimizu Kōichi [11, 12]; Shimoyama Khachirō [15]; Sugafuji Kasen [15]; Suwa Kanenori [3, 6, 9/10, 12, 14]; Takeda Shintarō [16]; Tobari Kogan [16 (title page)]; Tsukamoto Shigeru [3]; Uchida Shizuma [16]; Watanabe Susumu [4]; Yamauchi Shinken [2]; Yamaguchi Susumu [3, 6, 9/20, 12, 13]; Yamamoto Kanae [15 (title page)]; Yorozu Tetsugurō [3].


Print Details
 IHL Catalog  #1350
 Title  Iizuka Fūkei 飯塚風景 (Landscape of Iizuka) (printed on the back of the page the print is mounted to)
 Series  from the magazine HANGA (Prints), Volume 14
 Artist 
 Fujimori Shizuo (1891-1943)
 Signature 
 not signed; artist's name 藤森静雄 is printed on the back of the page the print is mounted to
 Seal
 Date  1928
 Edition  first and only edition (not numbered)
 Publisher  Hanga no Ie 版画の家
 Printer  self-printed
 Carver  self-carved
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent - overall light toning consistent with age; top corners mounted to original folio page   
 Genre  sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous
 Format  
 H x W Paper  7 1/2 x 5 5/16 in. (19.1 x 13.5 cm)
 H x W Image  7 1/8 x 4 3/4 in. (18.1 x 12.1 cm)
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