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Vive La

Wada Sanzō (1883-1967)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Vive La

by Kawanishi Hide, 1980

Wada Sanzō (1883-1967)

IHL Cat. #1958

About This Print

This print is marked marked 見本 sample print in the upper left margin. The black ink marks (printer marks) in the lower left of the image area and the absence of  "ひで" (Hide in kana) in the circular area of the artist seal in the lower right corner of the image (see detail below) are consistent with a trial print not mean to be sold. The editioned print is shown below for reference as is the original edition of this print issued in 1957 which used a different color scheme.

I believe the editioned print was one of five "original" woodblock prints included in the book Kawanishi Hide Hangashū 2, issued in 1980 by Keishōsha and edited by Hide's son Kawanishi Yuzaburō 川西祐三郎 (1923-2014)

left: artist seal appearing on this collection's "sample print"
right: artist seal appearing on the editioned print 

editioned print

アネモネ Anemone
昭和32年 Showa 32, 1957

Print Details
 IHL Catalog #1958
 Title/Description Vive La
 note: also seen titled as Vive La France; 桌上的花 (Flowers on the Table); Hanga-do catalog No. 104 titled the print "Anemone" as shown above.
 Series Kawanishi hide hangashū. 2 
 川西英版画集. 2
 Kawanishi Hide (1894-1965)
 not signed
英 Hide
 Publication Date 1980
 形象社 Keishōsha 
 Impression good - minor mis-registration
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - printers marks
 Genre sosaku hanga
 H x W Paper 21 3/8 x 14 1/2 in. (54.3 x 36.8 cm) 
 H x W Image 19 x 13 1/8 in. (48.3 x 33.3 cm)
 Collections This Print 
 Reference Literature 
last revision:
5/27/2021 created