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Frost Covered Trees

Ide Gakusui (1899-1978)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Frost Covered Trees 樹氷

by Ide Gakusui, 1958

Ide Gakusui (1899-1978)

IHL Cat. #1694

About This Print

One of three prints I purchased as a group attributed to the print and nihonga artist Ide Gakusui (1899-1978) who designed most of his prints for the publisher Watanabe Shōzaburō (1885-1962). While this print is neither signed nor sealed, the verso bears the notation "Ide".  Also written in pencil verso is the date "30 May 57", although the left margin on the front of the print carries the hand written date 昭和卅三年一月作 [a work of Showa 33rd year 1st month (January 1958)].  All three prints appear to be in the style of sōsaku hanga, rather than the shin hanga style of his prints designed for Watanabe.  None of the three prints carry a publisher's mark.

The angular lines of this print are somewhat reminiscent of the artist's prints both titled Two Cranes created for Watanabe c. 1950.  (See the artist's biography for an image of one of these two prints.)

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1694
樹氷 juhyō [Frost Covered Trees]
 Ide Gakusui (1899-1978)
 not signed
 not sealed - "Ide" hand written in pencil verso
昭和卅三年一月作 A work of Showa 33rd year 1st month [January 1958]
"30 May 57" written in pencil on verso
 Edition likely first edition
 Publisher likely the artist
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent 
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Format oban
 H x W Paper 15 1/2 x 10 3/8 in. (39.4 x 26.4 cm)
 H x W Image
 14 3/8 x 9 1/2 in. (36.5 x 24.1 cm) 
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