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- Daisen Kokuritsu Koen (Daisen National Park), First edition -

Hideo Nishiyama


The wonderful woodblock print "Daisen Kokuritsu Koen” (Daisen National Park) is by Hideo Nishiyama (1911-1989). This print shows Mount Daisen in the winter. Printer: Shinmi, Carver: Okura, and Unsodo publisher seal on the left margin. Title "Daisen Kokuritsu Koen" (Daisen National Park), Artist's name "Nishiyama Hideo saku" and dated "Showa 35 nen" (1960) in Japanese on the right margin. "Gei" watermark on the upper left margin corner. Very different and unique style of woodblock print. Hard to find these old original first edition prints nowadays. I noticed that this print looks much more amazing from a little bit of distance.

Hideo Nishiyama (1911 - 1989) was born in Kyoto. He was a well-known (Nihon-ga) Japanese painting artist in Japan. Unsodo published "The Woodblock Prints -National Parks Series" by Hideo Nishiyama and Kaii Higashiyama in 1960. 

Daisen National Park

Daisen National Park is a national park in the Chūgoku region, Honshū, Japan, and spans the prefectures of Okayama, Shimane, and Tottori. Mount Daisen is the focus of the park, which also includes the volcanic mountains and plains of Hiruzen, Mount Kenashi, Mount Sanbe, and Mount Hōbutsu. The park was established in 1936 as Daisen National Park.  (Source: Wikipedia)

Technique: Woodblock
Paper size: 16 and 1/8 by 10 and 3/4 inches. (41 cm x 27.5 cm)
Image size: 14 and 5/8 x 10 inches (37 x 25.5 cm)
Date: 1960 
Signed: Artist's red seal on the lower-left corner of the image
Condition: Very good condition. Minor ink smudge on the bottom margin. Once tipped and paper scuffs on the top edge of the verso. Please see the picture. 


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