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Woman Carrying Kelp

Midday at the Beach

Japanese Wood Engraving


Woman Carrying Kelp

by Kitaoka Fumio, 1967

Frozen River

IHL Cat. #2417

About This Print

Kitaoka's respect for his subject is evident as this woman bears her heavy load of kombu. This scene is certainly set in Hokkaidō which produces almost all of Japan's crop.  Dated 1967, this print was originally printed in 1959 and is a fine example of Kitaoka's wood engraving (end-grain engraving) and monochrome work which he largely abandoned in the 1960s in favor of more colorful prints using the more traditional woodblock technique of cutting along the wood grain. The paper, as in his earlier monochrome work, is mica impregnated and the black pigment he uses has a bright sheen. 

Description of 1959 Print in the Collection of the Hokkaidō Museum of Art

版画 北岡 文雄 昆布を運ぶ女 1959(昭和34) 13.5×9.0 木口木版、手彩色・紙 

As the museum does not provide an image of their print, their reference to it being "hand-colored" 手彩色 is not clear. 

Harvesting konbu today in Erimo,
located in Hidaka Subprefecture, Hokkaido

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #2417
 Title Woman Carrying Kelp
 昆布を運ぶ女 Konbu ohakobu onna
 Series n/a
 Kitaoka Fumio (1918-2007)
pencil signed by artist in English below the image
 Seal unsealed
 Publication Date 1967 (there is an earlier 1959 edition)
 Edition 11/50
 Publisher self-published
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - tape discoloration in four corners verso; diagonal fold lower right margin
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper 9 x 6 1/8 in. (22.9 x 15.6 cm)
 H x W Image 5 1/4 x 3 9/16 in.  (13.3 x 9 cm)
 Collections This Print Hokkaidō Museum of Modern Art 1986166 (1959 edition)
 Reference Literature