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NISHIMURA HODO Japanese Woodblock Print AZALEA 1930s 1938

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NISHIMURA HODO Japanese Woodblock Print AZALEA 1930s 1938

NISHIMURA HODO

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Date: c. 1938, Takemura Hideo (Yokahama 1926-39). Signed and sealed Hodo.
Size: oban 15.5" x 10.75"
Condition: VG, tone from publisher's original matting
Impression: Fine, tight registration and solid key lines; extensive gauffrage on the flowers.
Color: Fine, deep saturated color and bleed through to verso
Provenance: From the Robert O. Muller collection (see below for more information)
ABOUT NISHIMURA HODO
Nishimura Hodo was active as designer of kacho-e and landscape prints in Shin Hanga style in the 1930s. Publisher was Takemura Hideo.
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 notorious 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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