Semimaru

by Sofu Matsuno (1899 - 1963)

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Semimaru by Sofu Matsuno (1899 - 1963)

Original Sofu Matsuno (1899 - 1963) Japanese Woodblock Print
Semimaru

Series; Fifty Noh Figures in Color, 1938

Fifty Noh Figures in Color - A student of noted artist Tsukioka Kogyo, Sofu Matsuno is known for his Noh woodblock prints. In 1938, he completed the series "Fifty Noh Figures in Color," published by Yokyoku-kai Hakkosho. Each print features a single Noh actor in costume, and is mounted along the top edge to a solid colored backing sheet patterned with the three small pine trees that appear alongside the higashigakari (bridgeway) that leads to the Noh stage. The trees are printed in a dark gold metallic pigment, a deluxe printing technique. Each features a label on the reverse with the title of the play in Japanese. These charming, sketch-like designs have a sense of freshness and immediacy, presented in an attractive decorative format. A nice choice to collect or display.

Artist - Sofu Matsuno (1899 - 1963)

Image Size - Print 7 3/4" x 5 1/2" + margins as shown; backing sheet 12" x 9 1/4"

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Mounted along top edge to backing sheet. Some prints have a few small spots. Backing sheets have light wear, a few creases and slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details. Generally in good condition overall.

Semimaru by Sofu Matsuno (1899 - 1963)
Semimaru by Sofu Matsuno (1899 - 1963)

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