The remarkable woodblock print "Ise-Shima Kokuritsu Koen" (Ise-Shima National Park) is by Hideo Nishiyama (1911-1989). Phenomenal nature image of Ise-Shima National Park at sunset. Printer: Shinmi, Carver: Nagashima, and Unsodo publisher seal on the left margin. Title "Iseshima Kokuritsu Koen" (Iseshima 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 woodblock print. Hard to find these old original first edition prints nowadays.
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.
Ise-Shima National Park
Ise-Shima National Park covers central Mie Prefecture, including most of the Shima Peninsula. It spans a vast area of almost 60,000 hectares. The inland area of the park boasts gentle mountain slopes and lush green forests that surround Ise Jingu, Japan's most important jinja (Shinto shrine) complex. Its precincts are seen as the heart of Japanese spirituality. The topographically varied coastline ranges from rugged outcrops to ancient rock ledges and sandy beaches. Unlike most national parks, Ise-Shima has a relatively large proportion of private land, and significant populations in four cities: Ise City, Toba City, Shima City, and Minami-Ise Town. The lives, history, culture, and customs of Ise-Shima's people are deeply connected to the park's natural landscapes. Since ancient times, they have lived with nature and respected the environment. (Source: Ministry of the Environment Government of Japan)
Paper size: 16 and 1/8 by 10 and 3/4 inches. (41 cm x 27.5 cm)
Image size: 14 and 3/8 x 9 and 5/8 inches (36.5 x 24.5 cm)
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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