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Wind and Clear Water (detail) from the series Seihō's Masterpieces

 

 Japanese Color Collotype Print

Wind and Clear Water (detail)

from the series Seihō's Masterpieces (set one)

(Seihō's ippin shū)

by Takeuchi Seihō, 1938

IHL Cat. #875

About This Print and the Series Seihō's Masterpieces

This print titled Wind and Clear Water (detail) This print titled Spring is Over, or Lamenting the Passing of Spring, was released on February 20, 1938 as part of the first of two sets of sixty-six prints titled Seiho's Masterpieces (a.k.a. Seihō's Masterworks), printed and issued by Unsōdō Publishing

This print, which is also in the Spencer Collection at the New York Public Library, was issued as one of three prints in the fifth envelope of set one.  The colophon, shown below, pasted to the envelope, gives the dates of printing and issue, the titles of the prints, copyright information, and information about the publisher.

A combination of print processes (see further discussion see the article "Takeuchi Seihō: Seihō's Masterpieces.") were used for this series and this particular print is a collotype1 as can be seen by the reticulated pattern in the below detail, an artifact of the collotype process. 

This print uses the "detail" of the bird on the rock found in the print Wind and Clear Water and gives it a slightly different color treatment.   It is the only print in either of the two sets comprising Seihō's Masterpieces that is not a unique image.


Click on image to see the reticulated pattern identifying this print as a collotype.


Colophon Envelope 5 Set One

Dated February 20, 1938
Date of issue reads Showa 13 (1938), 2nd month, 20th day
Date of printing reads Showa 13 (1938), 2nd month, 15th day
click on image to enlarge


The Series "Seihō's Masterpieces"

For images of all sixty-six prints and a description of the series, please go to the article "Takeuchi Seihō: Seihō's Masterpieces."

1 Collotype printing had its first commercial use in Japan in 1889.  The collotype photographic process was versatile and could produce high quality images on different types of paper. Collotype prints can be readily identified by the presence of image reticulation, a product of the finely cracked gelatin plate used to print the image, which can be seen under magnification. The size of the reticulation varies from print to print, but cannot be seen by the naked eye. The image can be a variety of colors.  Prints made from collotype plates can be either hand printed or printed using a press. For more information on the process open the attachment link at the bottom of this page titled "The Collotype Process".

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #875
 Title Wind and Clear Water (detail) 
To the left is the label attached to the rear of the sheet the print is tipped to.  It reads: 

Across the top: 不許複製 All rights reserved

Rightmost column: 竹内栖鳳先生筆 Takeuchi Seihō sensei hitsu with title of print 水風清 (部分)to its left. 

Leftmost column: 芸艸堂 publisher's name Unsōdō, copyright restrictions and addresses of Unsōdō's offices in Kyoto and Tokyo.

水風清 (部分)
 Series  Seihō's Masterpieces (栖鳳逸品集 Seihō's ippin shū) (set 1)
 Artist
 Takeuchi Seihō (1864-1942)
 Signature
Seihō hitsu
 Seal  unread seal as shown above
 Publication Date  February 20, 1938 (as printed on colophon for envelope 5 containing the print)
 Edition  original and only edition
 Publisher  Unsōdō Publishing
 Printer  Shinmi Saburō 新味 三朗
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent
 Miscellaneous  removed from its original heavy paper backing/matting, but still with original mat.
 Genre  nihonga (also classed as e-hon, as the series prints exist as bound volumes)
 Format  non-standard
 H x W Paper  10 5/8 x 14 1/4 in. (27 x 36.2 cm )
 Collections This Print  New York Public Library, Spencer Collection; Rijksmuseum RP-P-2005-615-1
 Reference Literature  The Artist and the Book in Japan, Roger S. Keyes, The University of Washington Press with New York Public Library, December 2006, p. 252-253; The Art of the Japanese Book, 2 vols., Jack Hillier, Sotheby's Publications, 1987, p. 992-993.

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Irwin Lavenberg,
Jun 13, 2017, 1:54 PM
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