Azechi, Umetaro (1902 - 1999), "Mountaineer"
|Medium||Limited Edition Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Publisher||Self Carved, Printed & Published|
|Reference No||Statler - 1959, pl. 81|
|Size||16-3/4 x 12|
|Condition||Very fine. Custom framed; museum glass.|
Notes: The most iconic "Mountaineer" print by Azechi. Illustrated in Oliver Statler's classic book, "Modern Japanese Prints, An Art Reborn", 1959, plate #81. The author notes Azechi used 5 blocks of plywood, faced with shina, and 9 printing stages. The pigments were poster color for the black background and watercolors for the rest of the print, and was printed on torinoko paper.
Azechi was well known as a alpinist and essayist on subjects related to mountains.
PROVENANCE: An American, Fulbright scholar who lived in Japan between 1953-54 and met Azechi, Sekino, Munakata and others during his residency in Tokyo. Purchased in 1953, the year of publication. By descent in his family. Custom, conservation framed by the collector.