Oedo Mokuhansha - These classic designs were produced by the well known Tokyo publisher Oedo Mokuhansha amidst a resurgence of interest in ukiyo-e in the early 1950s. Like many of these traditional businesses, the woodblock print craft was passed down through generations, and the Oedo Mokuhansha company was formed by descendents of an Edo era publisher. These are nice prints of the highest quality standards and an excellent choice if you are looking for fine old woodblock reprints.
Comments - Beautiful Hokusai print depicting an old man returning home with his harvest of rushes tied to a pole over his shoulder. He crosses a narrow bridge above the undulating current of a river, a full moon visible in the darkening sky as evening falls. The subject comes from the Noh play of an old man who makes his living selling these rushes. For years he has been looking for his missing son, who had run away from home. The design is the favorite from the series, for it conveys a sense of the aging man's profound solitude.
Woodblock reprints - In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.
Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Image Size - 14 1/2" x 6 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at left edge from original publisher mounting. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.