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KAWARAZAKI SHODO Japanese Woodblock Print POPPY 1954

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KAWARAZAKI SHODO Japanese Woodblock Print POPPY 1954

KAWARAZAKI SHODO

Poppies


Date: 1954, this (ato-zuri) undated late edition published by Unsodo
Size: approx. 10.5" x 15.5"
Condition: Fine, never framed, no flaws, uncirculated print
Impression: Fine; made from the original blocks; although undated this is an early edition with the original Unsodo publisher's seals in the left margin
Color: Fine, exceptional color; this print is crisp and has very strong color and bleed through to verso
KAWARAZAKI SHODO is best known for his woodblock prints of flowers and other plant life. Born in Kyoto, Shodo studied the art of yuzen dyeing, a traditional art craft in Kyoto, under the guidance of Yamamoto Sekkei. He also studied Japanese painting under Shibahara, though it was his teacher Kishyo who helped cultivate Shodo's original style of expression. His woodblock prints were published by Unsodo in the mid 1950's.
ABOUT POPPIES
Records of poppy cultivation go back to 5000BC to the fertile crescent of Mesopotamia, between the rivers Tigris and Euphrates. This was, reputedly, the scene of the Garden of Eden, and several civilisations began in the area. Poppies will thrive almost anywhere. Some species colonise hostile regions, as seeds will germinate in loose, moist soil, sand or even crumbling mortar.

The opium poppy of Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan is, perhaps, the most important species of poppy, as it is this herb that is the source of the drug, opium, and of poppy oil. Its flowers vary in colour from white to reddish-purple and the capsules contain numerous minute, kidney-shaped seeds. All parts of the plant, particularly the capsule, contain white latex that yields opium. Unripe poppy heads are used for this purpose. Incisions are made in the walls and the juice collected and dried. The seeds of the opium poppy are free from opium and can be sprinkled on cakes and bread. They are also added to birdseed. In addition the seeds yield pale yellow oil that can be used for various technical purposes, including its use by artists as a drying oil.


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