Early 20th-century Japan, during the Taishō and Shōwa periods. It advocated the principles of "self-drawn" (jiga), "self-carved" (jikoku) and "self-printed" (jizuri) art, stressing the artist, motivated by a desire for self-expression, as the sole creator.
Very beautiful black and white print "Koshu-Nishinoko, Fuji" (Mt, Fuji from Koshu-Nishinoko Lake) by Unichi Hiratsuka (1985-1997). Unichi Hiratsuka is well known as Master of Black and White. The bottom margin has the title "Koshu-Nishinoko, Fuji" (Mt, Fuji at Koshu-Nishinoko Lake), hand-signed Un-ichi Hiratsuka, dated 1992, sheet number 70/136. Artist red seal on the right edge of the image. Pristine condition.
Unichi Hiratsuka is called "father of the Sosaku Hanga" and one of the very famous artists of 21th century Japanese art. He said “Printing in black on white is often considered the first step of technique, but it is actually the final point. The most beautiful range of color is black and white”
Paper size: 17 and 1/8 x 12 and 3/8 inches (43.5 x 31.5 cm)
Image size: 15 x 10 inches (38 x 25.5 cm)
Sheet number: 70/136
Signed: Signed by the artist in pencil along the lower margin.
Condition: Pristine condition.
Amazing woodblock print "Edogawadutsumi kara Ichikawabashishita wo miru" (View of under the Ichikawa bridge from Edogawa) is by Gihachiro Okuyama (1907-1981). Okuyama is well known as the artist of peaceful scenery in Japan. Very highly detailed carving of water. Amazing beautiful colors and bokashi shading. Please see the skillful realistic reflection on the water's surface. And please notice an animal on the hill and people and drying clothes on the boat. You can see a peaceful view of the Japanese countryside. Artist name "Gihachiro Okuyama" and the title "Edogawadutsumi kara Ichikawabashishita wo miru" (View of under the Ichikawa bridge from Edogawa) on the upper left corner of the image. "Nihonhangakenkyusho" (publisher) seal on lower left margin.
Paper size: 15 and 3/4 by 11 inches. (40 cm x 27.5 cm)
Image size: 14 and 3/8 x 9 and 1/2 inches (36.5 x 24 cm)
Signed: "Gihachiro" with red seal on the lower right of image
Condition: Excellent condition. Tape residue to the edge of verso as shown, Tiny two pinholes in top margin which are for hung to dry. This is a very common thing in those days.