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Horses from the series Three Horse Pieces

Sakamoto Hanjirō (1882-1969)

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print


from the series Three Horse Pieces

by Sakamoto Hanjirō, after 1966

Sakamoto Hanjirō (1882-1969)

IHL Cat. #1204

About This Print

This untitled print by Sakamoto Hanjirō, picturing horses outside of a barn, is one of three that make up the series Three Horse Pieces (Uma sandai), published by Mikumo Mokuhansha, first in 1951 in a limited edition of 300, 100 of which were signed by Sakamoto, and then again as single sheet prints in editions of 300 and 700.1  This print carries no edition number and may be from a separate unnumbered edition.   It does, however, have a publisher's label on the back which can be seen under Print Details below.

Sakamoto also created a watercolor and oil painting of the same image, both shown below.  The watercolor is dated 1947 and the oil painting is dated 1952.2  The 1952 dating of the painting is particularly interesting, as the original print dates to 1951, according to Merritt.3  While both the watercolor and oil painting are somewhat abstracted, the print goes even further with little identifiable except the horses themselves. 

I assume, but have not confirmed, that Sakamoto designed the print for the publisher Mikumo.
Horses, 1947
watercolor and pencil on paper laid on panel
27.8 x 36 cm (10.9 x 14.2 in)

Horses, 1952
oil on canvas
80.8 x 103 cm (32 x 40.5 in.)
1 Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975, Helen Merritt, University of Hawaii Press, 1992, p. 259.
2 Modern Currents in Japanese Art, Michiaki Kawakita, Weatherhill/Heibonsha, 1974, pl. 39.
3 Op. cit. Merritt, p. 259.

Print Details
 IHL Catalog #1204
 Title untitled - Horses  (Uma 馬)
 Series Three Horse Pieces
 Sakamoto Hanjirō (1882-1969)
 Publication Date
 originally 1951, this print after 1966
 Edition later
 Mikumo Ishihara Co. 美雲
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print); moku hanga
label of the publisher Mikumo Ishihara (Co.) on verso.
 Format oban
 H x W Paper 9 1/8 x 13 3/4 in. (23.2 x 34.9 cm)
 H x W Image 9 1/8 x 13 3/4 in. (23.2 x 34.9 cm) the print was issued without margins
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