Tachihara Inuki - This reprint is the work of the Japanese woodblock print artist Tachihara Inuki, who dedicated himself to carrying on the traditional methods and materials of ukiyo-e. Self-taught, he studied the original paper, pigments, and printing methods used by Edo era masters, using them to produce his own original works as well as a limited number of reprints of famous ukiyo-e designs, including a small number of masterwork designs by Kuniyoshi and other artists. These designs include the "Skeleton Specter" and "Oniwakamaru and the Giant Carp." As a single artist with a small studio, his production of these prints was very limited. Neither of these designs is seen in the market anymore. These triptychs are considered so precious, that there is a dealer in Kyoto who displays the "Skeleton Specter," but will not sell it. His single panel subjects are equally exquiste, with exceptionally fine carving and printing. Born in 1951, Tachihara died of a sudden illness on July 31, 2015, at the age of 64. We acquired this extremely rare reprint directly from the estate of the printer. Tachihara was the subject of a recent retrospective exhibition at the Hagi Uragami Museum in Yamaguchi Prefecture (see example of the exhibition poster below), recognizing his incredible skill and artistry, and honoring his commitment to carrying on this classic Japanese art form.
View from Beneath the Shin Ohashi Bridge - Handsome view of Mt. Fuji as seen through the wooden pilings of Shin Ohashi Bridge. A boatman oars his way along the water as his fellow worker stands atop a pile of cargo. Tall reeds grove along the edge of the shore, with a few birds in silhouette above. A great design rarely seen in reprint.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 9 1/8" x 13 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.