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EIJIRO Japanese Woodblock Print HIGH BRIDGE AT NIGHT AFTER WHISTLER

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EIJIRO Japanese Woodblock Print HIGH BRIDGE AT NIGHT AFTER WHISTLER

EIJIRO KOBAYASHI

High Bridge, Tokyo


Date: c. 1920s unsigned; probably published by the Shima Art Co.
Size: chuban, approx. 7.5" x 10.125"
Condition: VG, minor flaws as shown, uncirculated print, never framed
Color: Fine, deep saturated color and bleed through to verso
Provenance: from the Robert O. Muller estate (see below for more info)
I have seen this print attributed to both Eijiro and Whistler, but in that it is a 20th century Japanese print discovered with a group of Kiyochika prints showing similarly colored night scenes I think its more likely an interpretation of a design or painting originated by Whistler made by the Japanese artist Kobayashi Eijiro.

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 estate 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 estate of 20th century Japanese prints in the world, and the question of what would become of his well known estate was a major topic among Japanese print collectors. The finest 20th century prints from his estate 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 estate were sold at auction and still more remains with his heirs. Several books have been published about the estate.


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