Okuyama: Sarusawa pond
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Okuyama Gihachirô (1907-1981)
The pagoda of Kôfukuji temple in Nara, seen from Sarusawa pond on a moonlit night.
Title: Sarusawa no ike (Sarusawa pond)
Series: Nihon fûkei hanga (Japanese landscape prints)
Carver: Shibamura Shinnosuke (Jinnosuke)
Printer: Sakakura (Itakura) Seijirô / Inomura (Imura) Shônosuke
Publisher: (Nihon Hanga Kenkyûsho, Tokyo)
Date: Shôwa 24 (1949)
Size: Horizontal Ôban, 23,2 x 36,1 cm (image size)
Excellent impression and colours. Early impression. Ain bottom margin inscribed with pencil "Gihachiro Okuyama" and "Moon-Light at Nara". Paper only minimally age-toned. Overall excellent condition. Watermark "Hanken" in upper right.
Publisher’s name according to preserved original envelopes of prints from this series; edition number, usually 300, was also noted on these envelopes, not on the prints.
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Catalogue of Collections – Prints. Tokyo 1993, No. 398. For the artist cf. Merritt/Yamada, Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975. Honolulu 1992, p. 120