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HIRANO HAKUHOU Japanese Woodblock Print RARE BIJIN 1936

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HIRANO HAKUHOU Japanese Woodblock Print RARE BIJIN 1936

HIRANO HAKUHOU

Summer Kimono also known as A Beauty in Summer at Beppu


Date: 1936, this is a later edition published from the original wood blocks by the original publisher Watanabe
Size: naga-ban, with full margins, approx. 9.1" x 19.1" (image area) + margins
Condition: Fine, no flaws, uncirculated print, never framed
Impression: Fine, solid key lines, nice surface texture, tight registration
Color: Fine, deep saturated color and bleed through to verso
Documentation: The Female Image, Hotei, 2000, page 154, illustration 212

HIRANO HAKUHO, was born in Kyoto and studied nihonga, ukiyo-e as well as the classical and modern styles of painting. Watanabe Shozaburo published is prints, including After a Bath which was included in the Toledo Museum Print Show in 1936. Apparently the entire print run was sold out at that show. Only five Hirano bijin prints are known: two entitled Before the Mirror showing the artist's model from two perspectives before a mirror dressed in glorious red patterned kimonos; the aforementioned After a Bath which is a nude; Young Girl, showing a youthful maiko sitting on an azuri pillow dressing in a sumptuous violet kimono on a yellow background; and this unusually sized naga-ban print showing a beauty on a veranda fixing her hair pin. She is dressed in an elegant brown kimono with a blue and white patterned obi. But look at the details in this amazing print. The hazy trees in the distance; the fan she holds in her right hand, the delicate texture on the obi and fan; the fine carving of the hair; and the subtle red detailing of her kimono lining.
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