Okuyama: Morning in Miyajima
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Okuyama Gihachirô (1907-1981)
The red Torii of Miyajima (Itsukushima) shrine in the morning light, seen from the shore. In the foreground pines and two stone lanterns.
Title: Miyajima no asa (Morning in Miyajima)
Series: Nihon fûkei hanga (Japanese landscape prints)
Carver: Masuda Hajime (Hatsu)
Printer: Inomura (Imura) Shônosuke
Publisher: (Nihon Hanga Kenkyûsho, Tokyo)
Date: Shôwa 24 (1949)
Size: Horizontal Ôban, 23,1 x 36,1 cm (image size)
Very good impression and colours. Early impression. "Gihachiro Okuyama 1949" impressed in lower margin. Lateral faint narrow mat toning. Paper from verso unevenly toned and soiled; two remnants of removed tape, with a little paper thinning. Bottom right corner chamfered, left bottom corner kentô cut-out replaced. Two usual tiny drying holes in top margin. Good overall condition. Rare.
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. 400. For the artist cf. Merritt/Yamada, Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975. Honolulu 1992, p. 120