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Yoshijiro (Mokuchu) Urushibara

1880 - 1953

Anemones 1 by Yoshijiro (Mokuchu) Urushibara

Anemones 1   c.1915

  Original woodcut, printed in colours.
Signed and numbered in pencil.
Ref: Horner F1
S 352 x 243 mm; I 305 x 203 mm
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.

Y.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 fine simile Japan paper with full margins, as issued. Generally very good condition.