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Sound of the Wind


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Sound of the Wind

by Rei Yuki, 1991


IHL Cat. #1589

About This Print

Similar to an earlier 1967 composition Voice of the Wind (Kaze no koe), shown below, Rei continued to pursue in this 1991 work an earlier style described by Francis Blakemore in 1975 as follows:

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

Print Details
 IHL Catalog #1567
 Title Sound of the Wind (Kaze no hibiki 風のひびき)
 Rei Yuki (1928-2003)
 pencil signed by artist in 由木礼
 Seal none
 Publication Date 1991
 Edition 12 of 57
 Publisher self-published
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre sosaku-hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper 13 3/8 x 19 (34 x 48.3 cm)
 H x W Image 10 7/8 x 16 3/8 (27.6 x 41.6 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.