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- Himawari (Sunflower - Van Gogh) -

Gihachiro Okuyama


The exceptional woodblock print "Himawari"(Sunflower - Van Gogh) is by Gihachiro Okuyama (1907-1981).  A very powerful and beautiful art piece. The original artist's name "Van Gogh", the title "Himawari", Numbered "91-67", Pencil-signed "Gihachiro Okuyama", and dated "1960" on the bottom margin. Dated "Showa 35 nen 7 gatsu 17 nichi" (1960, July 17th) and "Okuyama Gihachiro jizuri"(Printed by Gihachiro Okuyama), and small red seal "Hori, Gijin"(Carved by Gijin Okuyama) on the left margin. Gihachiro Okuyama produced wonderful woodblock print series of famous European paintings. This print is one of them. They are highly collectible prints and are hard to find nowadays. This Sunflower is very popular and extremely hard to find. 

Technique: Woodblock
Paper size: 15 and 7/8 x 20 and 7/8 inches. (40.3 x 53 cm)
Image size: 14 and 1/2 x 19 and 1/8 inches (36.8 x 48.5 cm)
Date: 1960
Signed: Pencil signed on the bottom margin and lower left margin (in Japanese).
Condition: Overall good condition for its age. Paper waving, creasing. Slight mat line along the edge in the image. A few minor foxing into the image, they are hardly noticeable. Please see the pictures. Some minor foxing and ink smudges on the margins. 

This print had been framed, the small caption paper (original artist name: Van Gogh, Title: Sunflower, and Artist name :Okuyama Gihachiro ban with artist's red seal) was on the back of the frame. I will include this. 


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