Kogyo's Noga taikan - Kogyo was at work on his last great series "Noga taikan" when he died in 1927. This large work, comprising 200 prints, was published in five volumes, with Kogyo completing four volumes before his death and his student Matsuno Sofu finishing the fifth volume. In this beautiful series Kogyo departed from his normally plain white backgrounds and designed a group of prints with softly colored backgrounds and richly colored, dynamic figures. Many images are detailed with touches of metallic pigment, capturing the elegance of the sumptuous Noh costumes. Others feature strong wood grain impression in the background, adding interest and texture. With excellent detail and the highest printing standards, these designs are exceptional in his career. The prints in this group are from a 1936 edition, and feature text on the reverse that was included on a tissue paper overlay in the first edition.
Artist - Sofu Matsuno (1899 - 1963)
Image Size - 9 5/8" x 14"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight toning. Some prints have a few spots or stains. Please see photos for details.
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