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Waiting for Spring from the series A Collection of Takehisa Yumeji's Pictures in Woodblock Print

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Waiting for Spring

from the series

A Collection of Takehisa Yumeji's Pictures

in Woodblock Print

by Takehisa Yumeji, 1978-1980

(after an earlier design of unknown date)

IHL Cat. #828

About This Print

One of twenty posthumous large-format prints created between 1978-19801 by the Kyoto publisher Kyoto Hanga-In, after earlier Yumeji illustrations.  These large-format prints are part of the series titled Takehisa Yumeji moku-hanga shu 竹下夢二木版画集 (A Collection of Takehisa Yumeji's Pictures in Woodblock Print). 

Each print was packaged in an envelope along with an explanatory insert (see below) and a decorative protective sheet.

1 Daiwa Shinagawa, President of Kyoto Hanga-In, confirmed the publication date for this print as between 1978-1980 in response to my inquiry made on May 1, 2012. She also confirmed that the series consisted of 20 prints.

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the right-most column of kanji characters reads:
新刻 (new carving)  未刊 (unpublished) 
竹久夢二 (Takehisa Yumeji)
木版画集 (woodblock prints)
回頒布作品 (second distribution of works)
the next column over reads:
[春まつ人] Person Waiting for Spring
解説 小倉忠夫 Explanation by Ogura Tadao
(Note: I believe Ogura Tadao was the director of the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto


What the Print Package Looks Like as Sold by Kyoto Hanga-In


Envelope
   
Decorative folder

 
Inside folder - explanatory page on top of protective tissue paper on top of print
 




Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #828
 Title/Description  Waiting for Spring (春まつ人 )
 Series  Takehisa Yumeji moku-hanga shu 竹下夢二木版画集 (A Collection of Takehisa Yumeji's Pictures in Woodblock Print)
 Artist
 Takehisa Yumeji (1884-1934)
 Signature
 Yumeji
 Seal
Square "Take" seal
unread seal
 Publication Date  1978-1980.  Published posthumously.  Date of original drawing is unknown. 
 Edition  not numbered
 Publisher
Kyoto Hanga-in [Marks 25-485; publisher ref. 284]
Shinagawa seal (family name of publisher)

 Carver
Block carver is identified in right column as: horii Endō 彫 遠藤
(possibly the carver Endō Kōkyoku according to the article "Shin Hanga Carvers and Printers" and its accompanying table on the website http://shinhanga.net/Ac-p/c02.htm)

Printer's name is identified in left column as: suru Itōtomo 摺 伊藤智
(possibly the printer Itō Tomorō b. 1933 and adopted by the printer Ito Toraji around 1957 according to the article "Shin Hanga Carvers and Printers" and its accompanying table on the website http://shinhanga.net/Ac-p/p05.htm)
 Printer  see above
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent
 Genre  fukusei hanga
 Miscellaneous
第 回頒布作品 printed on verso of envelope containing print
 Format  dai-oban
 H x W Paper  15 x 19 3/4 in. (38.1 x 50.2 cm)
 H x W Image  10 x 18 in. (25.4 x 45.7 cm)
 Collections This Print
 Reference Literature


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