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Yoshijuro Urushibara

  1880 - 1953
 
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Iris, Compositae and Juniper Branches in a Fish Vase

Iris, Compositae and Juniper Branches in a Fish Vase   c.1915

Original woodcut, printed in colours.

A fine impression with delicate colour, from the only edition of 150 signed and numbered proofs. The blocks for this woodcut are known to have been destroyed.

£540



Rabbits sold

Rabbits   c.1915

Original woodcut, printed in colours.

Very good signed proof impression with the inks printed strong and fresh. Printed in shades of red, pink, brown, white, grey and black inks. A signed proof from the only edition.

SOLD



Anemones sold

Anemones   c.1915

Original woodcut, printed in colours.

Excellent signed proof impression with the colours, strong, fresh and bright. Printed in shades of red, pink brown, blue, green, grey and black inks. From the only edition of 100 signed and numbered proofs. The blocks for this woodcut are known to have been destroyed immediately after this edition had been printed.

SOLD



Venice sold

Venice   c.1922

Original woodcut, printed in colours.

Excellent signed proof impression with good colours. Printed in shades of grey, blue, red and black inks. From the only edition. The blocks for this woodcut are known to have been destroyed immediately after this edition had been printed.

SOLD



[Young girl at the piano (after J.McBey)] sold

[Young girl at the piano (after J.McBey)]   1929

Woodcut by Y. Urushibara printed in colours.

Superb signed proof impression - a particularly fine example with fresh colour, numbered from the only edition of approximately 50 signed and numbered proofs.

SOLD

 

Between the years 1908 and the late 1930ís Urushibara lived in England and France, and travelled much throughout western Europe. During this period the bulk of his woodblock work was produced in England and, as such, his printed works are considered as part of twentieth century British printmaking. Urushibara was undoubtedly the most sophisticated and technically advanced of those at work on multiple colour block printing in England soon after the turn of the century and he assisted a number of the leading British printmakers including both Sir Frank Brangwyn and Sir George Clausen with their prints in this medium.

Aside from his interest to collectors of British printmaking, Urushibara is best known internationally for his complex colour woodcuts of flowers. The elaborate and elegant patterns formed by arrangements of flowers and the multiple shades of colours which they display, combine to make both the preparation and printing of these images something of a technical feat, requiring consummate skill and considerable planning in their creation. Each print is made from numerous blocks, each block printing a separate colour, only white being produced by the unprinted areas of paper. The blocks are printed in a superimposed manner, the subtle blending of inks which they carry combining to produce the full range of colours desired. [more]