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Stone Bodhisattva at Datong, China

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Stone Bodhisattva at Datong, China

by Hiratsuka Un'ichi, 1944

Toy Horse


presentation folder reading 大同雲崗石佛, in Chinese
IHL Cat. #1377

About This Print

The artist's depiction of a stone statue of the Buddha in meditation from the famous Yungang caves in Datong, China, which the artist must have visited during his 1943 stint teaching print classes in Japanese-occupied Beijing. As can be seen below, another state of this print exists and is likely the first state given the artist's hand-written pencil signature in the bottom margin.  This collection's print is certainly printed from the same blocks. However, it bears a different artist's seal, the artist's "Un" seal rather than the artist's "Hiratsuka" seal and rather than being hand-signed by Hiratsuka in the bottom margin, it bears his name stamp, 平塚運一, in the left margin.

Stone Bodhisattva at Datong, China, 1944
Color woodblock print 22.3 x 17.0 cm
The Art Institute of Chicago
Hiratsuka Un'ichi-Van Zelst Family Collection, 2007.367

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1377
 Title Stone Bodhisattva at Datong, China [as given by The Art Institute of Chicago]
 大同石仏菩薩 [Datong sekibutsu bosatsu] as written in the bottom margin of the impression in the collection of The Art Institute of Chicago

 大同雲崗石佛 [Stone Buddha at Yungang, Datong], in Chinese, as written on the original folder that contained this collection's print.
 Hiratsuka Un'ichi (1895-1997)
平塚運一 in the left margin.

 運 - "un"seal within image

 Date 1944
 Publisher self-published
 Printer the artist
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - handling creases; mounted to original backing as issued
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper 8 11/16 x 6 3/4 (22.1 x 17.1 cm)
 H x W Image 7 3/8 x 5 9/16 (18.7 x 14.16 cm)
 Collections This Print The Art Institute of Chicago 2007.367
 Reference Literature Hiratsuka: Modern Master, Helen Merritt, et. al., Art Institute of Chicago, 2001, pl. 23, p. 61.