Welcome to the first of our Autumn Season of Japanese Woodblock Prints for 2020. The selection of prints has been arranged with the idea of storytelling in mind.We have a truly outstanding Hirosada triptych, The Story of Taro, Scion of the Soma Clan from 1850, with a velvet black background against which the jewelled and incised figures of a ghostly revenge drama are played out across three sheets… more ghosts appear in the stunning, vigorous Kunichika triptych, A Scene From The Starlight through the Trees and the Deer Piper of Hakone, of 1880 and the descending mystical fox-fires of a superbly preserved Ashiyuki - Nakamura Utaemon III as Yakanbei - looking off stage in terror at the appearance of the fox ghost, Kuzonoha. Another ghostly fox appears in Kunichika’s rare and outstanding vertical diptych of the fox Tadanobu retrieving the ancient drum stretched from the skins of his ancestral parents.
We have chosen several Kuniyoshi prints - two from the brilliant series of the Comparison of One Hundred Ogura Poets, and a very beautiful print of a woman visiting Benzaiten Temple. A very rare early Toyokuni print of the 11th act of the Chushingura uses bravura western (uki) perspective to tell a story of revenge and ultimate tragedy.
We have tried to put in prints to appeal to all pockets. Our prints are meticulously chosen for their interest or rarity and we do our level best to keep prices as low as possible. I sincerely hope that the current selection reflects that, and we continue to trust that our clients remain safe and well during these most trying of times.
A longer look at narrative in Japanese prints is available at our Wordpress blog. Our old eblogger site is not being updated since it is no longer possible to get full support from Google. We will however migrate many of the best articles to the website or to the Wordpress site and we are looking at a publication of some of these essays sometime next year.
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