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Yoshijiro (Mokuchu) Urushibara

1880 - 1953

Iris, Compositae and Juniper Branches in a Fish Vase by Yoshijiro (Mokuchu) Urushibara

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

  Original woodcut, printed in colours.
Signed and numbered in pencil.
Ref: Horner F19
S 461 x 315 mm; I 416 x 278 mm
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.

Yoshijiro 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.

On Japanese mulberry paper, with margins. Faintest suggest of time tone in outer margins of sheet, otherwise very fine condition.