Re: Toshi Yoshida Shinjuku

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Posted by Tim on March 31, 2002 at 23:11:24:

In Reply to: Re: Toshi Yoshida Shinjuku posted by Andreas Grund on March 31, 2002 at 18:42:06:

Thanks very much for the reply, i guess i am trying to further pinpoint the pencil signature dates as early or later. I have in my notes from a prior posting "during Toshi's final illness he was too weak to sign his prints and the prints produced during this period bear an impressed or raised seal (like a blind stamp) next to the signature. The signature was either printed in the block or signed by someone else, and the purpose of the raise seal is to indicate that it is nevertheless a lifetime impression. After Toshi's death in 1995, the prints were stamped on the reverse with a seal to indicate a posthumous printing. And, of course, a block printed signature was added."
If this is the case, a print like Shinjuku which was originally printed in 1938 could have been printed up until about 1990 with his signature. Is that truely the case? I noticed that in the print I have that the smoke is still present above the buildings in the background. Many prints don't have the smoke present in the background above the buildings. I am just trying to figure out if this is say a 1930s printing or a 1970 or 1980s printing (if indeed Toshi Yoshida signed his prints up until he was incapable of doing so ~1990.- maybe this date is too late though?, still many prints bear his pencil signature and i don't know if i can better pinpoint a date on this one. I guess there maybe no other way to pinpoint an early or late pencil signature on some of his other prints? just curious......

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