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Kiyoharu (Ginnosuke)

Yokouchi Kiyoharu (Ginnosuke)

1870-1942

Asakusa Kannon in Rain
(Asakusa Kannon-sama ame no zu)

signed Kiyoharu with artist's seal Yokouchi, dated on the left margin, Showa junen shichigatsu kyu shuppan (published in Showa 10 [1935), July 9), followed by Yokouchi Ginnosuke hanken shoyu (copyright Yokouchi Ginnosuke), with limited edition seal hand-numbered on verso san-hyaku mai kagiri zeppan, dai hyaku gojuni go (300 limited edition printed, number 152), published by the artist, 1935

dai oban tate-e 16 1/4 by 11 1/4 in., 41.4 by 28.7 cm

Yokouchi Kiyoharu (Ginnosuke) was a Yokohama-based artist well-known for his impressionistic watercolor landscape paintings. He self-published eight woodblock prints, including at least this design in a limited edition (although not all extant impressions are hand-numbered as is this example). Merritt & 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.

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

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