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City Street with Automobile, from Volume 3 Shin Hanga Magazine

Date: 1932
Size: 9.9" x 7"
Condition: G, minor soils, tipped to its original backing sheet at corners some tearing at corners as shown
Impression: VG, good registration and surface texture, strong key lines
Color: VG, deep saturated color and bleed through to verso

A page from the seminal art portfolio Shin Hanga.

Yoshiichi Ebata was born in 1899 in Aichi prefecture. He met Unichi Hiratsuka in 1930 and began to make woodblock prints. Yoshiichi Ebata was a founding member of "Shin-Hanga Shudan" in 1932 and "Kitsutsuki" in 1942.

The group portfolio, "Shin Hanga" was published periodically. 200 copies were printed and sold in book stores and other outlets. The price of the publication, 30 to 50 cents per copy, were very reasonable because more than 10 woodblock prints, which were made in self-carved, self-printed manners, were included in each publication. The group had many exhibitions during the 4 year period. Starting with the exhibition at Kawashima Store in Ginza, with a poster stating, "Prints were returned to the Masses"; they showed their works at Sanseido, Tokyodo, Matsuzakaya, Matsuya and even in Manshu, China.

They got a great publicity when they exhibited in "Edo Tokyo Fukei Hanga Ten" (Edo - Tokyo Landscape Print Exhibition) at the famous department store, Shirokiya, in 1934. Tadashige Ono stated in the pumflet of the exhibition, "The landscapes in Tokyo should show the scenes and the mood of the society of today. The new materials such as the steel, cement, glass and the new structures should be shown, also." Tadashige Ono was a charismatic, unique individual. He was very interested in the Communism, the proletariat movement. But he did not push his belief or thoughts to others. The group members made their works individually as a sort of hobby. Their works, perhaps not consciously, might had reflected the severe mood of the society at that time. A critic commented about the works of the group, "Everyone had the deep loneliness. All their works are full of the sadness and the emptiness". 


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