Artist's Studio in Yanaka Village, circa 1950s

by Gihachiro Okuyama (1907 - 1981)

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Artist's Studio in Yanaka Village, circa 1950s by Gihachiro Okuyama (1907 - 1981)

Original Gihachiro Okuyama (1907 - 1981) Japanese Woodblock Print
Artist's Studio in Yanaka Village, circa 1950s

Gihachiro Okuyama - A prolific artist, Gihachiro Okuyama was active in both the shin-hanga and sosaku hanga traditions starting in the late 1920s. While he was studying traditional Japanese printmaking, he earned a living creating woodblock prints for advertising, including posters and labels. In 1946, he established the short-lived publishing firm Nihon Hanga Kenkushiyo (Japan Print Institute) to promote woodblocks after WWII. Specializing in reprints of famous ukiyo-e designs, the company dissolved in 1948. In 1954, he opened his own printing studio, called Okuyama Hanga Kobo, to design, carve, and publish his own works. His sosaku hanga prints have a more abstract quality than his idealized shin-hanga scenes, experimenting with values and gradations of color, including a group of monochromatic works in black and white. His landscape subjects range from sweeping vistas to more intimate village scenes and the bustling life of the city. A very versatile and creative artist, Okuyama's striking scenic prints are a wonderful choice for a modern collector.

Artist - Gihachiro Okuyama (1907 - 1981)

Image Size - 8 1/2" x 13 1/4" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A few light creases at edges. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.

Artist's Studio in Yanaka Village, circa 1950s by Gihachiro Okuyama (1907 - 1981)
Artist's Studio in Yanaka Village, circa 1950s by Gihachiro Okuyama (1907 - 1981)