Okuyama: The Misogi riverOkuyama: The Misogi river
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Okuyama Gihachirô (1907-1981)

The large old willow near the bridge over the Misogi river in the city of Nanao, on Noto peninsula.

Title: Misogi-gawa fuchi no yanagi (The willow on the bank of Misogi river)

Series: Noto Shin Nanao hakkei (Eight new views of Nanao in Noto)

Signature: Gihachirô ga

Publisher: (Nihon Hanga Kenkyûsho, Tokyo)

Date: Shôwa 18 (1943)

Size: Horizontal Ôban, 21,2 x 33,8 cm (image size)

Excellent impression and colours. Presumably an early impression. Paper a little bit age-toned; on top margin verso two very faint paper thinnings from removed attachments and one hinging remnant. Very few faint creases. Overall very nice condition.

A lovely image from a seldom seen series of eight landscape views from the remote Noto peninsula.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Catalogue of Collections – Prints. Tokyo 1993, No. 390. For the artist cf. Merritt/Yamada, Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975. Honolulu 1992, p. 120