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- Himeji-jo Soshun (Himeji Castle in Early Spring) -

Okiie Hashimoto


The beautiful woodblock print "Himeji-jo Soshun"(Himeji Castle in Early Spring) is by Okiie Hashimoto (1899-1993). The print features a stunning view of Himeji Castle in the early spring, with its iconic white walls. The vibrant color of the sky and the lush green of the surrounding trees create a romantic atmosphere. The artist's red seal, "Hashi" in the lower-left corner of the image. Edition number "AP"(Artist Proof), Japanese title, Hand-signed, dated"'76" in pencil by the artist on the bottom margin. 

Himeji Castle is located in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture. It was built in 1609. It’s called "Shirasagi-jo"(Egret Castle), because of its beautiful white appearance, which looks like a white egret spreading its wings.

Technique: Woodblock
Paper size: 18 and 7/8 x 14 and 1/2 inches (48 x 36.8 cm)
Image size: 16 x 12 and 1/8 inches (40.5 x 31.5 cm)
Sheet number: A.P (Artist Proof) 
Date: 1976
Signed:  Hand-signed in pencil by the artist on the bottom margin.
Condition: Good condition for its age. Minor toning and slight mat line on the margins as shown.


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