Moulin de la Galette (Paris) from the portfolio Hanga kanshōkai sakuhin-shū, Volume 2

Portrait of Shiga Naoya

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Moulin de la Galette (Paris)

from the portfolio Hanga kanshōkai sakuhin-shū, Volume 2

by Sekino Jun'ichirō, originally 1959/1960

Portrait of a Boy (artist's son)

IHL Cat. #1914

About This Print

This small print of a street leading to the windmill in the Moulin de la Galette was included in the second of two portfolios of twelve prints each published by Hanga kanshōkai, titled Hanga kanshōkai sakuhin-shū

For other prints in this portfolio see Lake Haruna in Autumn by Maekawa Senpan (1888-1960) and Sōmon by Yamaguchi Gen (1896-1976).

Likely an earlier edition with the artist's seal, signature and date

Moulin de la Galette     

Source: Wikipedia
The Moulin de la Galette is a windmill and associated businesses situated near the top of the district of Montmartre in Paris. Since the 17th century the windmill has been known for more than just its milling capabilities. Nineteenth-century owners and millers, the Debray family, made a brown bread, galette, which became popular and thus the name of the windmill and its businesses, which have included a famous guinguetteand restaurant. In the 19th century, Le Moulin de la Galette represented diversion for Parisians seeking entertainment, a glass of wine and bread made from flour ground by the windmill. Artists, such as Renoir, van Gogh, and Pissarro have immortalized Le Moulin de la Galette; likely the most notable was Renoir's festive painting, Bal du moulin de la Galette.

Hanga Kanshōkai Sakuhin-shū
(Collection of Works by the Woodblock Print Appreciation Society)
From what I can deduce from available information, this two volume portfolio consisting of twenty-four small format prints by fifteen artists was published by the Yokohama publisher Chikuhōdō [竹芳洞 or 竹芳堂], under the name Hanga kanshōkai (Woodblock Print Appreciation Society), in 1959 or 1960 and re-issued at least once in 1980.*  The two-volume portfolio was originally issued in a limited edition of 700 copies for volume 1 and 500 copies for volume 2.  Each print was tipped-in to a mat measuring 14 1/2 x 11 1/8 in. (36.8 x 28.3 cm).  The prints along with a table of contents were placed in a brown paper envelope, as shown below.  It appears that some of the prints in the two portfolios were re-issues of earlier designs.

* the portfolios shown or referenced on line are variously dated 1958 by Saru Gallery, c. 1960 by Scholten Japanese Art, 昭和50年頃(c. 1975) by Yamada-Shoten and  昭和55 (1980) by the Japanese Association of Antique Book Dealers Natsume Books and the Aomori Museum. 

Prints included in Volume 1:

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1. Onsen by Maekawa Senpan (1888-1960)
2. Shirasagi Castle by Hashimoto Okiie (1899-1993)
3. Autumn leaves by Mizufune Rokushu (1912-1980)
4. Nasu in spring by Mabuchi Toru (1920-1994)
5. Child of the flowers by Takei Takeo (1894-1983)
6. Oku-nikko by Maeda Masao (1904-1974)
7. Suichuka-Artificial flower in the water by Seimiya Hitoshi (1886-1969)
8. Yamagata Daikoku Dance by Miyao Shigeo (1902-1983)
9. Toys by Hatsuyama Shigeru (1897-1973)
10. Pigeon in Florence by Sekino Junichiro (1914-1988)
11. Red face by Azechi Umetaro (1902-1999) 
12. Kitten by Inagaki Tomoo (1902-1980)

Prints included in Volume 2:

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1. Photography Studio (18.7 x 14 cm), by Kawakami Sumio (1895-1972)
2. Crystal (17.7 x 13.4 cm), by Maeda Masao (1904-1974)
3. Autumn at Lake Haruno (13.3 x 15.2 cm), by Maekawa Senpan (1888-1960)
4. Castle in Autumn (Matsue Castle) (17.5 x 12.7 cm), by Hashimoto Okie (1899-1993)
5. Somon (22.6 x 14.2 cm), by Yamaguchi Gen (1896-1976)
6. Stone Fish (21.8 x 14.7 cm), by Mizufune Rokushu (1912-1980)
7. Interior Still Life (21.2 x 13.1 cm), by Kawanishi Hide (1894-1965)
8. Haniwa (19 x 14.3 cm), by Mabuchi Toru (1920-1994)
9. Flower and Bird (12.6 x 17.2 cm), by Takei Takeo (1894-1983)
10. Poppies (14.2 x 17.7 cm), by Inagaki Tomoo (1902-1980)
11. The Observing Eye (23.8 x 18.2 cm), by Azechi Umetaro (1902-1999) 
12. Moulin de la Galette, Paris (22.6 x 14.7 cm), by Sekino Jun'ichiro (1914-1988)

portfolio covers for volumes 1 and 2 original edition

index for volume 2 original edition

Portfolio covers for 1980 edition
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Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1914
 Title Moulin de la Galette (Paris)  ムーラン・ド・ギャレット(パリ)
 Hanga kanshōkai sakuhin-shū 版画鑑賞会作品集
 Collection of Works by the Woodblock Print Appreciation Society
 Sekino Jun’ichirō (1914 - 1988)
 Sekino in English script stamped in black lower right corner of image
 Seal none
 Publication Date originally 1959/1960; this edition likely 1980
 Edition unknown
 Publisher Hanga kanshōkai 版画鑑賞会 竹芳洞
 Carver likely self-carved
 Printer likely printed by Chikuhōdo 竹芳洞
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative prints)
 H x W Paper 8 15/16 x 6 in. (22.7 x 15.2 cm)
 H x W Image 7 11/16 x  4 7/8 in. (19.5 x 12.4 cm)
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