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End of Summer


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

End of Summer

by Rei Yuki, 1971


IHL Cat. #1567

About This Print

One of Rei's semi-abstract landscapes created from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, three examples of which are shown below.  

The texture of the woodblock itself creates dappled tones and fragile shades.   The works are light, yet the source of the light is hidden behind fences and arches.  It is a light defined by shadows, creating a mood of timeless suspension.

Leafless branches cast foreground shadows, mysteriously real and abstract, stark and delicate.  The texture of the block, structural unity of the geometric ground figures, subdued coloration and shading, and magical, waving forms together create a locus, a place that is both definite and infinite, haunting and unassuming, vague and too vivid to be mere fantasy.
- Francis Blakemore (Who's Who in Modern Japanese Prints, Weatherhill, 1975, p. 247.)

Voice of the Wind (Kaze no koe), 1967
H: 19 1/2 x W: 27 1/8 in,
Carnegie Museum of Art 89.28.1146

Nostalgy 1972
H: 10 1/8 x W: 13 3/4 in.
IHL Cat. #894

Le chemin qui fuit (逃げゆく道) , 1972
H: 20 3/4 x W: 28 1/2 in.

Print Details
 IHL Catalog #1567
 Title End of Summer 夏の終り
 Rei Yuki (1928-2003)
pencil signed Rei Yuki by artist in English and in Japanese 由木礼
 Seal none
 Publication Date 1971
 Edition 6 of 50
 Publisher self-published
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - minor printing marks and light soiling margins; paper wrinkling from printing process
 Genre sosaku-hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper 14 1/2 x 28 1/4 (36.8 x 71.8 cm)
 H x W Image 12 7/16 x 25 7/16 (31.6 x 64.6 cm)
 Collections This Print 
 Reference Literature Rei Yuki Complete Print Works Catalogue Raisonné [Yuki Rei zen hangashū], Rei Yuki, Reifū Shobō [玲風書房], 2005.