Series: The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido
The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido - In 1959 Sekino began creating own his version of this famous series. He completed it in 1974, and the next year received the Ministry of Education Award for his outstanding achievement "in using every possible technique in woodblock printing, Japanese traditional art, and the recreation of the old fifty-three stations on the Tokaido highway in present-day light." His interpretations are modern, using creative perspectives and the bold style and colors for which he is so well-known. It is truly a landmark series and is Sekino's masterwork.
Junichiro Sekino, 20th Century Master - Junichiro Sekino was one of the leading artists of the twentieth century sosaku hanga, or creative prints, movement in Japan, in which artists themselves were involved in every aspect of printmaking. Sekino designed, carved, and printed his images himself, gaining an international reputation for his amazing range of subjects and techniques. A true 20th century master, Sekino's works are included in major museum collections around the world. His woodblocks are highly collectible and sought after by modern print collectors.
Yokkaichi: Oil Refinery Complex at Night - Handsome modern view of Yokkaichi on the Tokaido Road at dusk. The geometric shapes of an oil refinery complex crowd the horizon, the silhouettes rendered in tones of black, charcoal, and gray with a reddish tint. Colored lights in red, blue, yellow, and white are reflected on the shimmering surface of the water below, creating an almost abstract pattern of stripes of various widths that fade into gray. A great, luminous image and a striking design.
Signed - Jun. Sekino in ink within image at lower right, with red artist's seal
Artist - Junichiro Sekino (1914 - 1988)
Image Size - 12 3/4" x 18" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Rippling and vertical creases. Tape remnant on reverse at top edge from previous mounting. Please note, due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details.
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