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1917 Antique Japanese Woodblock Print, Utamaro Goyo Genuine Woodblock Print Foo Shishi Dogs Waka Dance, Ukiyoe Masterpieces Taisho Era Print

  1917 Antique Japanese Woodblock Print, Utamaro Goyo Genuine Woodblock Print Foo Shishi Dogs Waka Dance, Ukiyoe Masterpieces Taisho Era Print in ORIENTALIA
  1917 Antique Japanese Woodblock Print, Utamaro Goyo Genuine Woodblock Print Foo Shishi Dogs Waka Dance, Ukiyoe Masterpieces Taisho Era Print in ORIENTALIA
  1917 Antique Japanese Woodblock Print, Utamaro Goyo Genuine Woodblock Print Foo Shishi Dogs Waka Dance, Ukiyoe Masterpieces Taisho Era Print in ORIENTALIA
  1917 Antique Japanese Woodblock Print, Utamaro Goyo Genuine Woodblock Print Foo Shishi Dogs Waka Dance, Ukiyoe Masterpieces Taisho Era Print in ORIENTALIA
  1917 Antique Japanese Woodblock Print, Utamaro Goyo Genuine Woodblock Print Foo Shishi Dogs Waka Dance, Ukiyoe Masterpieces Taisho Era Print in ORIENTALIA
  1917 Antique Japanese Woodblock Print, Utamaro Goyo Genuine Woodblock Print Foo Shishi Dogs Waka Dance, Ukiyoe Masterpieces Taisho Era Print in ORIENTALIA
  1917 Antique Japanese Woodblock Print, Utamaro Goyo Genuine Woodblock Print Foo Shishi Dogs Waka Dance, Ukiyoe Masterpieces Taisho Era Print in ORIENTALIA

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SALE . . . 20% OFF!  Amazing Utamaro print that Goyo (who was quite famous at the time) recarved and hand printed as part of the Ukiyoe Masterpieces series that he produced in 1917. 

Hashiguchi Goyo & Kiyokata Kaburagi Taisho era Woodblock Print, 1917

UKIYOE MASTERPIECES
"Shishimai no zu"
ARTIST: Kitagawa Utamaro's 
"Dance of the Shishi Lions"
SIZE (including margins): 11.5 x 7 -1/8 inches

Hand printed authentic woodblock from 1917 Taisho era. This is from the Yamato Nishiki-e or Japanese Color Prints series collection of 240 masterpieces by the greatest Ukiyoe artists. Wonderful detail of the prominent dancing foo dog with participants and viewers in colorful period costume. Signed in the left corner with the Goyo chop mark. It is cotton paper mounted on a cotton book page, protected with a plastic sleeve. It is in mint condition, the colors still strong and crisp.

We purchased this from an art collector in Tokyo, Japan, who provided this history of the Goyo prints:

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MORE ON Hashiguchi Goyo In 1915, urged by the shin-hanga publisher Watanabe Shozaburo, he designed a print for artisans to produce under Watanabe’s direction. Goyo designed "Bathing" (Yuami), Watanabe wanted to continue the collaboration but Goyo had other plans. Instead, he worked in 1916-1917 as supervisor of reproductions for 12 volumes called "Japanese Color Prints" (Yamato nishiki-e) and in the process became thoroughly familiar with the functions of artisan carvers and printers. At the same time he was drawing from live models. From 1918 until his death he personally supervised the carving, printing, and publication of his own works. From 1918 until his death he produced thirteen more prints – four landscapes, one nature print depicting ducks and eight prints of women. His total production, including "Bathing", numbers fourteen prints. (After his death a few more of his designs were developed into prints by his heirs.) In late 1920, Hashiguchi's latent health problems escalated into meningitis. He supervised his last print "Hot Spring Hotel" from his death bed, but could not finish it personally. He died on February 1921 at the age of 41. Goyo had left several sketches from which his elder brother and his nephew had later produced seven more prints. The carving and printing had been commissioned to Maeda Kentaro and Hirai Koichi. Goyo Hashiguchi prints are of extremely high quality standards. They were sold at very high prices at the time of their first publication and sold well nevertheless. The tragedy of Hashiguchi was the short time span of only two years to produce these superb masterworks - apart from his first print published with Watanabe.The blocks for the fourteen prints and many of the prints themselves were destroyed in the Great Kanto earthquake of 1923. However, Goyo reprints are currently on the market. Most reprints are marked with a small seal in the side margin, something which does not appear on original prints. Many years after Goyo's death, his brother used Goyoo's remaining designs as the basis for ten more prints. These were published with the same standards as the earlier prints and in limited numbers. The printing was supervised by Goyoo's nephew, Hashiguchi Yasuo. Today, works by Goyo are among the most highly prized of all shin-hanga prints.

This is a fabulous antique Japanese wood block print, so unique with the dancing foo dog imagery!

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