The serene woodblock print “Inokashira Chihan Boshoku" (The Edge of Inokashira Pond at Dusk) from the series 'Shin Tokyo Hyakkei' (One Hundred Views of New Tokyo) is by Koshiro Onchi (1891-1955). It was first printed in 1931; this is a later printing from the original blocks in 1978.
This print is one of the three included in the book "Shin Tokyo Hyakkkei"(One Hundred Views of New Tokyo) published by Heibonsha in 1978. While the edition is limited to 330 copies, there are no specific edition numbers on the sheets. The oversight of the subsequent printing was carried out by Junichiro Sekino, and the printing was done by Minoru Yoneda. There is an embossed mark on the bottom margin that reads 'PRINTER. M. Yoneda'.
Koshiro Onchi was born in Tokyo in 1891. He is known as a printmaker, book designer, photographer, and poet. He is considered one of the pioneers of creative printmaking (Sosaku Hanga) and is credited with being one of the founders of abstract art in Japan. His avant-garde expressions played a significant role in elevating printmaking as an art form in Japan and are highly regarded.
Paper size: 10 and 1/2 x 7 and 3/4 inches (26.5 x 19.7 cm)
Image size: 9 and 3/8 x 7 and 1/8 inches (23.7 x 18 cm)
Sheet number: N/A (While the edition is limited to 330 copies, there are no specific edition numbers on the sheets)
Date: It was first printed in 1931; this is a later printing from the original blocks in 1978
Condition: Very good condition. Typical ink smudges on the margins. Very minor paper toning on the verso. Please see the pictures.
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