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ARAI YOSHIMUNE Japanese Woodblock Print CORMORANT FISHING AT NIGHT 1930s

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ARAI YOSHIMUNE Japanese Woodblock Print CORMORANT FISHING AT NIGHT 1930s

ARAI YOSHIMUNE

Fishing with Cormorants on the River Nagara

from the series Japanese Scenes


Date: not dated but originally published by Hasegawa/Nishinomiya c.1930s, this edition published by Nishinomiya with publisher's seal in the lower right margin; listed as #1291 in the 1930 Hasegawa catalog
Size: chuban, approx. 10.4" X 7.75"
Condition: VG, uncirculated print, never framed
Impression: Fine, solid key lines, and tight registration
Color: Fine, saturated color and bleed through to verso
Provenance: from the estate of Robert O. Muller (see below for more information)
ABOUT THE JAPANESE SCENES SERIES
The "Japanese Scenes" series of prints was published during the early 1900's by Hasegawa/Nishinomiya of Tokyo. There were 15 chuban-sized prints designed by Arai Yoshimune included in the series. The series itself is indicative of the early transitional style of shin-hanga, the dominant movement in Japanese print making during the first half of the twentieth century.
WHO WAS ROBERT O. MULLER?
Robert O. Muller’s love affair with Japanese prints began one day in the 1930s, when as a student in New York City he spotted a Hasui in a gallery window, and immediately arranged to purchase the print. As a newly wed in 1940 he went on a print shopping tour to Japan with his wife where he met the shin hanga publisher Watanabe Shozaburo and Watanabe’s stable of artists including: Kawase Hasui, Shiro Kasamatsu, and Ito Shinsui. He also met and befriended Hiroshi Yoshida.

After WWII, Muller continued to deal in Japanese prints, but he was also an avid collector with a keen eye for good art. Although the Muller Collection is best known for shin hanga, Mr. Muller also collected late nineteenth century prints and good reproductions of famous Edo masters.

When Mr. Muller passed away on April 10, 2003, he had left possibly the largest and finest collection of 20th century Japanese prints in the world, and the question of what would become of his collection was a major topic among Japanese print collectors. The finest 20th century prints from his collection were given as a gift to the Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., and an exhibit was mounted. Other portions of the collection were sold at auction and still more remains with his heirs. Several books have been published about the collection.


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