by Gihachiro Okuyama (1907 - 1981)
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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.
Tokyo Station, 1941 - Terrific view of Tokyo Station, the elegant brick building stretching across the horizon. Cars are parked at left and pedestrians stroll along the sidewalk at right. Rows of bare trees recede into the distance, framing the twilight sky as evening falls. A fantastic view of modern Japanese life during the 1940s. A rare WWII image from this intriguing architectural series by Gihachiro Okuyama, nicely detailed and shaded. On an interesting note, much of the 1914 structure was destroyed by firebombing in 1945, and was rebuilt with only two stories and without the domes, one of which can be seen at left.
Artist - Gihachiro Okuyama (1907 - 1981)
Image Size - 8 7/8" x 11 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight paper remnants and winkling in margins from previous mounting. Slight toning and creasing. Please see photos for details.
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