Charles W. Bartlett


2nd Series. Japan: Iwabuchi

with artist's CWB seal at lower right and signed in red-brown pencil on bottom margin, Charles W. Bartlett, the title and date cartouche above, IWABUCHI, 1916, and publisher's vertical seal Watanabe on left margin, ca. 1916

oban yoko-e 10 by 14 7/8 in., 25.4 by 37.8 cm

This print was issued in two variants, this one, and another darker variant that introduces blue-grey color in the water and more saturation of the brown in the foreground and yellow in the sky.

In Points of Contrast, Merritt shares that the artist noted in his sketchbook that the red-orange color within the baskets and crates being loaded by bustling figures in the foreground represents a harvest of ripe persimmon.

Julia Meech, Japonisme: Graphic Arts in the 20th Century, in The New Wave, 1993, pp. 46-47
Helen Merritt, Point of Contact, 1993, p. 62, no. 17; p. 65
Richard Miles & Jennifer Saville, A Printmaker in Paradise: The Art and Life of Charles W. Bartlett, 2001, p. 119, no. 33 (darker variant)
(inv. no. C-2040)

price: $2,800


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