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Things Suspended in the Sky

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Things Suspended from the Sky

by Onchi Kōshirō, 1914

(posthumous edition)

IHL Cat. #550

About This Print

This print is the frontispiece in the catalogue raisonné of Onchi's prints (and some of his drawings) titled Prints of Onchi Kōshirō, Keishosha Ltd., 1975 (a limited edition of 670 copies.)  Interestingly, the catalogue raisonné titles the print correctly in Japanese そらにかかるもの (Things Suspended from the Sky) but then mistitles the print's English title as Shadow Falling From the Sky,1 a different print by Onchi. 

Reprinted by Yoneda Minoru for the catalogue raisonné, likely under the auspices of the artist's family2, the print originally appeared in issue III of the small print and poetry magazine Tsukuhae (Moonglow), created by Onchi Kōshirō (1891-1955), Shizuo Fujimori (1891-1943) and Tanaka Kyokichi (1892-1915).  This image was also reprinted in 1989 by Onchi's son, Onchi Kunio, as shown below.

1 そらよりくだるかげ
2 After the artist's death the family authorized "memorial editions" from the printer Kôichi Hirai and, possibly, other printers, such as Yoneda.


Other Editions and Impressions

Sorani kakarumono (そらにかかるも) - Thing over the sky
Paper size: 17,5 x 24,8 cm.
Original Edition from set III of Tsukubae, published on December 16th 1914.

Things Suspended in the Sky
Artist ONCHI Koshiro
Date 1914 (reprinted in 1989 Printed by 恩地邦郎 Onchi Kunio) 
13.5×10.9 cm
Woodblock print on paper
Mie Prefectural Art Museum

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #550
 Title Things Suspended in the Sky そらにかかるもの
 Onchi Kōshirō (1891-1955)
 onzi (printed below image)
 Date originally 1914 by the artist in the magazine Tsukuhae (Moonglow) issue III; this impression c. 1975
 Edition c. 1975 Print 19 of 170.  It is unknown whether this edition used the original woodblocks or re-carved blocks.
 Publisher Likely Keishosha  形象社, the publisher of Onchi's catalogue raisonné Prints of Onchi Kōshirō, Keishosha Ltd., 1975.
 Printer Yoneda Minoru ("PRINTER. M. Yoneda." embossed on bottom margin of print.)
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - paper fold in upper left corner not near image
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper 13 3/4 x 9 3/8 in. (34.9 x 23.8 cm)
 H x W Image 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 in. (13.3 x 10.87 cm)
 Collections This Print Mie Prefectural Art Museum; The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto 01907 (1989 reprint by the artist's son 恩地邦郎 Onchi Kunio); The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto 01900 (original edition)
 Reference Literature Prints of Onchi Kōshirō, Keishosha Ltd., 1975. (a limited edition of 670 copies, including 170 "overseas" copies), frontispiece.  (See discussion above.)