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Parasol from the series Outdoor Sketches

Butterfly from the series Outdoor Sketches

Japanese Black and White Linocut Print


from the series Outdoor Sketches

by Maekawa Senpan, 1929

Butterfly from the series Outdoor Sketches

IHL Cat. #2017

About This Print

The sixth of ten prints in the first of five sets of prints comprising the series Outdoor Sketches created by the artist between 1928 and 1935.  In this print a woman in a bobbed haircut leans against a railing on what might be a boardwalk with a parasol resting lightly on her shoulder.

About The Series Outdoor Sketches (Yagai Shōin), 1928-1935

Source: Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975, Helen Merritt, University of Hawaii Press, 1992, p. 252-253 and the website of The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts http://db.am.geidai.ac.jp/person.cgi?id=3976.

Maekawa created this series of five sets (ten prints each set) of black and white linoleum cuts as prints of affection (shin'ai ban).  Each small print, its image area measuring approximately 5 x 5 in. (12.7 x 12.7 cm), depicts a figure engaged in outdoor work or recreation. Images of the first two sets are shown below, along with a list of English titles of the remaining three sets.

Several, if not all, of the five sets were issued as both individual prints and as part of the magazine Han Geijutsu 術藝版 (Print Art).  The below image is of the cover of issue number 7 of the magazine published in April 1932. Also shown is a typical page with a tipped-in print and the table of contents.  The table of contents lists the twenty prints included in the magazine, along with their original dates of creation. Eric van den Ing on his Saru Gallery website provides the following information on issue no. 7:

Han Geijutsu - Print Art, Volume 7. Subtitle: Yagai shôhin - Outdoor sketches.
An album containing 20 linoleum cuts by Maekawa Senpan, each some 14 x 16 cm [paper size], on separate pages. Album size: 20.5 x 29.5 cm. Published by Shiro to Kurosha (black and white  in an edition of 500 on April 1st 1932.
Table of contents, introduction, 20 pp. with prints and 6 pp. of text.
Source: http://www.sarugallery.com/default.php?L=4&NR=1211

Han Geijutsu (Print Art), issue no. 7
The print Ball tipped onto one 
of the pages of issue number 7
Table of Contents, Issue No. 7
click on image to enlarge

In 1942, another set of small sketches were created by Maekawa titled New Outdoor Sketches, Shin Yagai Shōin 新野外小品 and issued in book form by the publisher Aoi shobō アオイ書房. All the prints in this book were color woodblock prints.

The Fifty Black and White Linocuts Comprising the Series "Outdoor Sketches"

Set 1, 1928-1929
Birds 鳥, 1928

Breeze 風, 1928

Tennis テニス, 1928
Butterfly 蝶, 1928

Flag (A Standard Bearer) 旗,
Parasol パラソル, 1928
Scorpion (Constellation Scorpio) 蝎星座, 1929
Dog 犬, 1929

  Sake (Drinker) 酒, 1929  
Telescope 望遠鏡, 1929  

Set 2, 1929-1931

Ball 毬, 1929
 Fishing 魚, 1929
Sea (Beach) 海, 1929
Relaxing 憩ひ, 1930

Boots 長靴, 1929
Pond 池, 1930
Kite 凧, 1929
Jump Rope 縄とび, 1931

Dancing 踊, 1929
Swing ブランコ, 1931

Set 3, 1931-1932, published as a special issue of Han geijutsu (Print Art) in 1932
1. Flower Lantern 2. A Lark 3. Plum Blossoms 4. Snow 5. Fireflies 6. A Station in the Mountains 7. Mountains 8. Corn 9. Crescent Moon 10. Insect Net

Set 4, 1932-1934
1. The Deck 2. A Tumbler (Daruma) 3. A Sled 4. A Yard 5. Winter 6. Handbill 7. Dusty Wind 8. Hauling Sled 9. Dusk 10. Nursing

Set 5, 1934-1935
1. Tokyo Chorus 2. Skiing 3. River 4. A Stool 5. Flowers 6. Fatigue 7. Water 8. Bamboo-Wrapped Candies 9. Boy Scout 10. Mountain Hot Spring

Print Details
 IHL Catalog #2017
 Title Parasol パラソル
 Series Outdoor Sketches (Yagai Shōin) The series is also seen referred to as Outdoor Small Works
 Maekawa Senpan (1888-1960)
artist's "sen" seal lower left corner
 Publication Date originally 1929 and subsequently in 1932 in the magazine Han Geijutsu (Print Art)
 Edition likely 2nd
 Publisher self-published [later included in the magazine Han Geijutsu (Print Art) published by Shiro-to-kurosha 白と黒社 (Black and White Company), the company of Ryōji Chōmei (1899-1982)].
 Printer self-printed
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - pencil notation verso and two spots mounting residue top corners verso
 Genre sosaku-hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous These prints are linocut リノカットrather than woodblock
 H x W Paper 6 1/2 x 5 9/16 in. (16.5 x 14.1 cm)
 H x W Image 5 1/8 x 5 in. (13 x 12.7 cm)
 H x W Magazine Page 10 3/4 x 7 3/4 in. (27.3 x 19.7 cm)
 Collections This Print The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts 298-7753; Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art 2000-0036-28
 Reference Literature Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975, Helen Merritt, University of Hawaii Press, 1992, p. 252-253.
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created: 2/12/2019