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Kiyoharu (Ginnosuke)

Yokouchi Kiyoharu (Ginnosuke)

1870-1942

Fuji from Yoshida in Koshu
(Koshu Yoshida no Fuji)

signed Kiyoharu with artist's seal Yokouchi, dated on left margin, Showa juichinen gogatsu seisaku (work of Showa 11 [1936] May), followed by Hanken shoyu Yokouchi Ginnosuke (published by Yokouchi Ginnosuke), self-published in 1936

dai oban yoko-e 11 1/2 by 16 3/8 in., 29.1 by 41.5 cm

Yokouchi Kiyoharu (Ginnosuke) was a Yokohama-based artist well-known for his impresionistic watercolor landscape paintings. He self-published eight woodblock prints, each design presumed to be in a single edition limted to 300 based on the limited edition seals found on his 1935 print depicting Asakusa Kannon in the rain. Merritt and Yamada describe his work as self-carved and self-printed, however it's more likely that he commissioned the carving and printing from professionals, a common practice by the 1930s among artists that otherwise specialized in painting.

Yoshida is located northwest of Mt. Fuji in present day Yamanashi Prefecture, which was formerly known as Kai Province or Koshu. This print has previously been misidentified as Mt. Fuji from Gotenba, which is located on the other side of Fuji and is physically closer to its slopes, with a similar torii at the town center which frames the vista towards the sacred mountain.

Reference:
Helen Merritt, and Yamada Nanako, Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975,, 1992

price: Sold

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