Montmartre in Snow

Portrait of Shiga Naoya

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Montmartre in Snow モンマルトルの雪

by Sekino Jun'ichirō, 1959

Portrait of a Boy (artist's son)

IHL Cat. #2381

About This Print

A quiet winter evening in Montmartre. A snowfall has covered the cobbled street and the sky is a dusky yellow, looking very Utrillo-ish, as in the below painting. Sekino visited France in 1958 which must have included a visit to Montmartre in winter.

Montmartre Under the Snow, Maurice Utrillo (1883-1955)
33 x 41 cm oil on canvas

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #2381
Montmartre in Snow 
 Sekino Jun’ichirō (1914 - 1988)
Jun. Sekino in pencil
 準 Jun seal (as shown above)
 Publication Date 1959
 Edition 3/100
 Publisher self-published
 Printer self-printed - while the above label states "self-printed", John Fiorillo notes: 
"This seal [label] probably functioned like the ‘jizuri’ (self-printed, 哨┰) seal used by Hiroshi Yoshida (1876–1950), which nearly always indicated an impression approved by Yoshida but not self-printed. Martin (p. 20) cautions that, “The identification of self- printed works [by Sekino] is a nuanced exercise in which the manner of printing, paper, colors, edition size, and signature style may all play a role”.
["The Art of Sekino  Jun’ichirō: Expressive Realism and Geometric Formalism, John Fiorillo appearing in Andon 104, p. 92, fn6]
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative prints)
 H x W Paper 28 1/4 x 21 3/4 (71.8 x 55.2 cm)
 H x W Image 25 x  19 in. (63.5 x 48.3 cm)
 Collections This Print 
 Reference Literature Sekino Jun’ichirō gashū (Collected art by Jun’ichirō Sekino), Tōkyō: Purinto Korekutazu Saron, 1976, print no. 38 
latest revision:
6/25/2021 created