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Blue and White space, No. 366

Fujimori Shizuo (1891-1943)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Blue and White space, No. 366 

by Funasaka Yoshisuke, 1974

Fujimori Shizuo (1891-1943)

IHL Cat. #808

About This Print

"Mr. Funasaka enjoys reducing images to their most basic components: lines, circles, dots and rectangles. The magic of Mr. Funasaka's prints lies in his ability to extract deep meaning from the simplest of images..."1

Writing in 1973, artist and art historian, Gaston Petit described a shift in the artist's work that is exemplified by this collection's print:  "...whereas [previous works] emphasized a solid form as the focal object, at present the artist is employing the reverse: the center remains white, while colored borders accentuate the form and the corners become the actual figures.  In his use of "empty" space and his new arrangements of surface, pattern, and dimension, Funasaka extracts unique plastic and visual possibilities from the material.  A comparison of Funasaka's earlier works with the present indicates a definite modification and shift in both space and coloring.  Generous scribblings on the entire face of the paper have given way to a cool organization; heavy color tones have been replaced by a deliberately selected and parsimonious use of color."2 

1 website of Walsh Gallery http://www.walshgallery.com/contemporary-japanese-art-2002/
44 Modern Japanese Print Artists, Gaston Petit, Kodansha International Ltd., 1973, p. 105.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #808
 Title or Description Blue and White space, No. 366


 Funasaka Yoshisuke (b. 1939)
 Y. Funasaka in pencil
 Seal none
 Publication Date 1974
 Edition 20 of 100
 Publisher  self-published
 Carver self-carved
 Printer unknown, but possibly self-printed or printed by A. Sakayori who Funasaka started working with during the early 1970s
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - tape remnants top margin verso; several small spots of foxing
 Genre contemporary
 Miscellaneous the colored shapes bordering the open diamond shape are likely produced with woodblock; the blue patterned areas are likely a silkscreen pattern.
 H x W Paper 20 5/8 x 20 in. (52.4 x 50.8 cm)
 H x W Image
 16 7/8 x 16 3/4 in. (42.9 x 42.5 cm)
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