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Japanese Color Woodblock Print with Etching  


by Miyashita Tokio, 1974

IHL Cat. #719

About This Print

Miyashita gives us twilight glimpse of the countryside from a car's interior.  The side view mirrors present us with the face of a young women asleep and a farmhouse, silent in the approaching night.  A broad ribbon of orange road lies before us - or is the orange shape our car?  Anyway, as is his signature style, Miyashita has laid down the broad color bands with woodblock and the black embossed lines using an intaglio metal plate to which he has soldered pieces of wire or metal.  Some photographic transfer onto a metal plate may also be at work here.

This print was published in 1974 as part of a portfolio titled "Nature" consisting of ten different prints by ten artists in an edition of 100. The artists and prints in the folio are:
Nakabayashi Tadayoshi, "Umibe no ie" (House by the Sea)
Izumi Shigeru, "Red Heat"
Kurosaki Akira, "Nature 1"
Hiwasaki Takao, "Kaos"
Ida Shoichi (1941-2006), "Wind"
Sakazume Atsuo, "Kanashiki Piero" (Sad Pierrot)
Funasaka Yoshisuke, "Endless"
Kimura Kosuke, "A Natural Poet"
Tamura Fumio, "Breath in the Air"
Miyashita Tokio, "Nature"

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Print Details

 IHL Catalog #719
 Title Nature
 Series one of ten prints by ten different artists included in a portfolio titled "Nature"
 Miyashita Tokio (1930–2011)
 Tokio Miyashita in pencil
 Seal not sealed
 Date undated but portfolio was issued in 1974
 Edition 100 of 100
 Publisher  unknown
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - minor toning in margin and mat burn; two pin holes - top center of image and bottom center of image that are present in at least two other impressions in the editions; handling/printing creases; fold along length of bottom margin; hinging/masking tape removed from top margin leaving lighter areas on paper
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper 17 x 12 in. (43.2 x 30.5 cm)
 H x W Image
 11 3/8 x 8 7/8 in. (28.9 x 22.5 cm)
 Collections This Print The British Museum 1986,0321,0.949
 Reference Literature