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Takao Autumn Scenery from the series New Famous Places of Kyoto

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Takao Autumn Scenery

from the series New Famous Places of Kyoto

by Kamei Tōbei, after 1953

Droopy-branch Cherry Trees at Daigo Temple at Sanpōin from the series New Views of Kyoto

IHL Cat. #1119
(print is mounted on portfolio heavy backing paper which is trimmed almost to the  image)

IHL Cat. #2192
(print is trimmed to image and mounted on portfolio heavy backing paper)

About This Print

One of twelve small-size prints (approx. 5 x 6.5 in.) from the portfolio titled New Famous Places of Kyoto (志ん京都名所 Shin Kyōto meisho), designed by the artists Kamei Tōbei  (1901-1977) and Tokuriki Tomikichirō (1902-2000)*, and published by the New Famous Places of Kyoto Publication Society (新京都名所刊行会).

The two artists often collaborated and the publishing entity New Famous Places of Kyoto Publication Society, is likely a construct of the two artists.

This print depicts a couple strolling through the autumn foliage in Takao, near Kyoto.  

* It is unclear if Tokuriki actually designed any of the prints themselves as all the prints carry some version of Kamei's artist seal.

The Complete Portfolio

Six or more of the print designs in this portfolio seem to have also been issued at another time, possibly printed using different blocks. The website of The Agency of Cultural Affairs - Cultural Heritage Online contains six of these prints, with each print visibly different from the prints in this collection. As with this collection's prints, their prints are not dated, but they attribute the prints to Kamei Genbei, a name used by Kamei after 1953, which helps narrow the publication dates to post-1953.

Comparison of the Two Editions
This Collection's Print IHL Cat. #1119
版画集 『新京都名所 [New Famous Places of Kyoto]』 原画 6
高雄秋色 [Takao Autumn Scenery]
はんがしゅう  しんきょうとめいしょ げんが 6 たかおしゅうしょく
亀井 玄兵衞 (かめい げんべい) [Kamei Genbei (1901-1977)
]制作年不詳 [production year unknown]
本紙12.6×15.1cm (4.96 x 5.94 in.) /ページ寸22.8×27.8 cm [size of page print is mounted on.]
The Agency of Cultural Affairs - Cultural Heritage Online
[from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama]


Source: japan-guide.com http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3940.html
Takao (高雄) is a thinly populated, mountainous area with three historic temples along its forested valley, a one hour bus ride north of central Kyoto. Worth a visit at any time of the year, Takao becomes most popular during the autumn leaf season, which usually peaks around mid November. 

The autumn foliage - Takao

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1119, #2192
 Title Takao Autumn Scenery 高雄秋色
 Series New Famous Places of Kyoto 志ん京都名所
 Kamei Tōbei  (1901-1977)
 not signed
artist's unread seal ト?
 Date c. mid-1950s
 Edition unknown
 Publisher 新京都名所刊行会 New Famous Places of Kyoto Publication Society
 Impression IHL #1119 and #2192: excellent
 Colors IHL #1119 and #2192: excellent
 Condition IHL #1119: good - minor foxing
 IHL #2192: excellent
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Format yotsugiri
 H x W Paper IHL #1119: 4 7/8 x 6 7/16 in. (12.4 x 16.4 cm)
 IHL #2192: 4 3/4 x 6 5/16 in. (12.1 x 16 cm)
 IHL #2192 backing paper: 7 1/16 x 8 1/4 in. (17.9 x 21 cm)
 Collections This Print The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama
 Reference Literature
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