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Untitled (Children's Meal)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Untitled (Children's Meal)

by Hatsuyama Shigeru, c. 1950s

Untitled (Children Playing Tug of War)

IHL Cat. #618

About This Print

A magazine and book illustrator and print maker, the artist Hatsuyama Shigeru created a number of prints featuring children at play, including this charming image of five children gathered around a dinner table filled with good things to eat.  The artist uses blue ai pigment (a deep indigo color) as the background and gives us several perspectives at once of the kids gathered around the dinner table.  As with all of Hatsuyama's children prints the rendering of the children captures the mischievous, innocent and serious aspects of their nature.

Hatsuyama Shigeru (1897-1973)
Child with Radish on Head, 20th century
Print, Color woodcut (book cover),
Image:9 7/16x11 9/16 in. (24x29.4 cm)
Paper: 9 11/16x13 in. (24.6x33 cm)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (M.80.217.53)
Hatsuyama Shigeru (1897-1973)
Contest in Making Faces, 20th century
Print, Color woodcut
Image:8 3/4x12 7/16 in. (22.3x31.6 cm)
Paper:10 1/16x13 5/8 in. (25.6x34.6 cm)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (M.80.217.52)
Hatsuyama Shigeru (1897-1973
Contest in pinching noses, c. 1956*
Other Title: Kanji : つまみくらべ
Carver: Self carved
Printer: Self printed
Medium: Color woodblock print Dimensions:10 11/16 x 12 5/8 in. (27.2 x 32 cm)
Honolulu Art Academy (19240)

* also dated 1952 by other sources

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #618
 Title/Description Untitled (children's meal)
 Hatsuyama Shigeru (1897-1973)
 not signed
 Seal not sealed
 Publication Date c. 1950s
 Edition first and only
 Publisher self-published
 Printer self-printed
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative prints)
 Format oban
 H x W Paper 9 7/8 x 13 1/4 in. (25.1 x 33.7 cm)
 H x W Image 9 1/4 x 12 7/8 in. (23.5 x 32.7 cm)
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