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Burbank, USA

For more than four decades, Egenolf Gallery has offered Japanese prints in superior condition by blue-chip ukiyo-e and shin hanga masters, ever mindful of presenting value to the educated collector. Japanese prints as art objects offer history, beauty, value and centuries of unparalleled dedication to craftsmanship. Clients include museums, private collectors and dealers in the US, Europe and Japan. Established in 1975 by Herbert Egenolf, the gallery has been owned by Veronica Miller in California since 2002. Discover our user-friendly website, which is easily searchable by keyword, including artist name or subject matter, with new artworks posted daily. www.egenolfgallery.com

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Edo River (Blue Version) by Kawase Hasui

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The landscape print as an ukiyo-e subject burst forth in Japan in about 1830, when the widespread availability of Prussian Blue enabled beautiful vistas featuring deeply shaded seas and skies to be created. Hiroshige (1797-1858) designed many of the best 19th c. landscape prints, and in the 20th century Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) took up this mantle. Snow-covered landscapes hold special appeal to the collector and special challenges to the artists, who must delineate each snowflake individually and must capture the subtlety of shapes that are semi-concealed beneath a snowy blanket. Snow is also one of a three-part traditional Japanese theme of Setsugekka--Snow, Moon and Flowers. We have chosen affordable options for this year’s booth, with all works below $10,000.

Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints/Veronica Miller, Owner

Utagawa HIroshige II (1826-1869)

Snow at Kiso in Shinano Province

1859

15 x 10 inches

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Two travelers ascend the vertiginous snow-covered path along the famous Kiso Gorge in Shinano Province. The snow-covered cliff faces drop straight down to the icy Kiso River that races below. Behind the cliffs we see only a snippet of the evening sky. The path seems to emerge out of the mountain itself, as the entry point is hidden from the viewer. The Kiso Road made up the central part of the Nakasendo (also called the Kisokaido), an important travel route that ran between Edo and Kyoto. Shinano Province is now Nagano Prefecture. One of Hiroshige II’s best designs, from his most celebrated series: One Hundred Views of Famous Places in the Provinces..

USD $7,800

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)

Nihonbashi, Clearing After Snow

1856

14.3 x 9.6 inches

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

From the incomparable series “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo,” we see a bustling fish market, fishermen in their boats, an already busy Nihonbashi Bridge, and to the left the fireproof storehouses of Edo. “Everything in this view suggests freshness and plenty”. (Smith II, 1986). This is a very early edition, with the bokashi dark in the center of the river and the 2-color bokashi in the title cartouche.

USD $7,500

Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)

Edo River (Blue Version)

Dated 1932

15.6 x 10.4 inches

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Two beauties cross a wooden bridge spanning the Edo River. Dated 1932. This is the blue version of this design, done in the spirit of Hiroshige’s “aizuri-e”, or pictures printed entirely in blue. The blocks used were the same as with the full-color version, so it was up to the unparalleled skill of the printer to create depth using expertly applied variation in the saturation of the applied pigment.

This work was published by Doi Hangaten in the years following the war, ca. late 1940s.

USD $6,500

Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)

Snowy Valley of Mount Shirouma

1932

15.4 x 10.4 inches

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Mountain climbers ascend the Daisekkei, (“Big Snowy Valley”) towards the pink-tinged horizon on Mount Shirouma. This work is unusual, if not unique, in showing mountain climbers in a fairly inaccessible location, a far cry from his more familiar scenes of kimono-clad visitors enjoying ancient temples and parks. Mount Shirouma stands at almost 3000 meters in the Northern Alps and is one of the few peaks in Japan that features year-round snow fields. Hasui also created a design in 1924 that features a view fromt the peak of Mount Shirouma, so he must have made this popular hike himself to the summit. With the earliest seal for this design. Scarce design.

USD $6,800

Nihonbashi, Clearing After Snow by Hiroshige I

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)

Snow: The Priest Sogen Wanders in the Snow

1890

14 x 27 inches

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

The priest Sôgen has been expelled from his temple after falling in love with the beautiful courtesan Irokotohime. Death has claimed her, so he is left with nothing but her memory. Tales of the priest Sôgen were first adapted to the kabuki theatre in the 1670s and since then many versions were written. Sôgen/Seigen is a tragic figure who has nowhere to go after being expelled from his temple and roams the countryside in a pitiful state of starvation and longing. This a Yoshitoshi work that was done in his final years, when he was stricken with poverty and illness, yet his power of design is stronger than ever. A masterpiece of psychological intensity, Sogen’s hair has been uniquely printed with hairs that are the width of actual hairs, and his hands and bony frame stand out against the snowy landscape. He walks away from a smoky fire in an abandoned lean-to, spiderwebs seen in the upper corner. We feel the bitterness of the cold in the ice forming on the pine boughs as well as in the unforgettable expression of the actor’s visage. This is one of a series of three triptychs showing half-length portraits of actors from the series “Snow, Moon, Flowers”.

USD $6,700

Snow, from Snow Moon Flower by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861)

Portrait of the Heroine Tokiwa Gozen

Ca. 1844

14.7 x 10.2 inches

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

USD $2,700

Ito Shinsui

Snow at the Shrine

1930

16.8 x 10.8 inches

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

From a limited edition, numbered 107/250.

USD $5,200