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Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints

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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

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Lake Hamana, 1931, Kawase Hasui

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Unspoiled Nature: Landscapes in 19th-20th Century Japanese Prints

The beauty of the landscape in Japan has long been celebrated, and in the west we’ve admired how in the 19th century the natural world seemed harmoniously integrated into even their cityscapes. Featured here are works from Hiroshige’s 100 Famous Views of Edo, which in the 1850s still show a verdant world of temples, gardens and rivers, although at that time Edo was probably the most populous city in the world. We also showcase works by Kawase Hasui, the most celebrated and prolific Japanese landscape artist of the 20th century, as well as works by Kiyochika, Kiyoshi Saito and Joichi Hoshi. The Japanese coined the term “forest bathing”; we can dip our toe in through these examples of distilled and often perfected experiences of nature.

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Veronica Miller, Owner

Bertha Lum

Point Lobos, California

1920

42.3 x 27.5 cm

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Lum’s undisputed masterwork, and her only view of California. Green trees and shrubs cling to the top of a rocky cliff on Point Lobos. Everything is abstracted yet at the same time representational. With beautiful woodgrain in the sky. According to Gravalos/Pulin, Lum was strongly inspired by landscape works by Hiroshige. From a limited edition of 100 prints. Gravalos notes “The tree and rocks display the beauty of their adversity to the elements.” (page 23)

$11,500

Joichi Hoshi

Sun Light (Forest)

1978

100 x 41 cm

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

The sun peeks through a stand of trees silhouetted against a background of pure gold. Hand numbered in pencil 64/99. The viewer almost feels the need to squint their eyes when looking at the sun peeking through this stand of slender trees. Predominantly done in a golden yellow, there are flashes of many other colors on some of the trunks as the sunlight is refracted. One of the artist’s largest works.

$5,900

Joichi Hoshi

Red Branches (Aka eda)

1972

19 x 46 cm

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Cropped view of a horizontal slice of a red tree against a gold background. Hoshi employed a unique technique to render such astonishing effects using woodblocks, creating branches as if they are on fire.

$1,900

Kawase Hasui

Ryuga Island, Oga Peninsula

1926

26 x 38.4 cm

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

A technicolor marvel, from the series “Souvenirs of Travels, Third Series”. Narazaki writes “The focus of this remarkable scene is the the weathered, eccentrically shaped crags resembling reclining dragons, vermilion red in the setting sun. A windless evening, a still sea of clouds spans the breadth of the composition.”

$5,500

Suijin Shrine and Massaki on the Sumida River, 1856, Utagawa Hiroshige

Utagawa Hiroshige

Mitsumata Wakarenofuchi

1857

36.4 x 24.7 cm

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Boats laden with rice, sake and cotton glide past the ever-regal Mount Fuji rising in the distance. Commerce has replaced entertainment here, as this is the site of a former pleasure district, which was destroyed as part of the Kansei Reforms. With coloring very close to the deluxe edition. From the series “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo.”

SOLD

Umewaka Shrine, ca. 1879, Kobayashi Kiyochika

Bertha Lum

Point Lobos, California

42.3 x 27.5 cm

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Lum’s undisputed masterwork, and her only view of California. Green trees and shrubs cling to the top of a rocky cliff on Point Lobos. Everything is abstracted yet at the same time representational. With beautiful woodgrain in the sky. According to Gravalos/Pulin, Lum was strongly inspired by landscape works by Hiroshige. From a limited edition of 100 prints. Gravalos notes “The tree and rocks display the beauty of their adversity to the elements.” (page 23)

$11,500

Joichi Hoshi

Sun Light (Forest)

100 x 41 cm

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

The sun peeks through a stand of trees silhouetted against a background of pure gold. Hand numbered in pencil 64/99. The viewer almost feels the need to squint their eyes when looking at the sun peeking through this stand of slender trees. Predominantly done in a golden yellow, there are flashes of many other colors on some of the trunks as the sunlight is refracted. One of the artist’s largest works.

$5,900

Joichi Hoshi

Red Branches (Aka eda)

19 x 46 cm

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Cropped view of a horizontal slice of a red tree against a gold background. Hoshi employed a unique technique to render such astonishing effects using woodblocks, creating branches as if they are on fire.

$1,900

Kawase Hasui

Ryuga Island, Oga Peninsula

26 x 38.4 cm

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

A technicolor marvel, from the series “Souvenirs of Travels, Third Series”. Narazaki writes “The focus of this remarkable scene is the the weathered, eccentrically shaped crags resembling reclining dragons, vermilion red in the setting sun. A windless evening, a still sea of clouds spans the breadth of the composition.”

$5,500

Utagawa Hiroshige

Mitsumata Wakarenofuchi

36.4 x 24.7 cm

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Boats laden with rice, sake and cotton glide past the ever-regal Mount Fuji rising in the distance. Commerce has replaced entertainment here, as this is the site of a former pleasure district, which was destroyed as part of the Kansei Reforms. With coloring very close to the deluxe edition. From the series “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo.”

SOLD