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 Japanese Color Woodblock Print


by Rei Yuki, 1972

Sound of the Wind

IHL Cat. #894

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

End of Summer, 1971
H: 13 x W: 26 in. (plus margins)
IHL Cat. #1567

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

Print Details
 IHL Catalog #894
 Title Nostalgyノスタルジー [Catalogue Raisonné lists print title as "ノスタルジー" "Nostalgia" and "Nostalgie"]
 Rei Yuki (1928-2003)
 pencil signed Rei Yuki by artist in English and in Japanese
 Seal none
 Publication Date 1972
 Edition 2 of 75
 Publisher  self-published
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - small tape remnant upper left corner verso; minor soiling/marks in margin
 Genre sosaku-hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper 10 1/8 x 13 3/4 (26 x 34.9 cm)
 H x W Image 8 5/8 x 12 (21.9 x 30.5 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, p. 76, #124.