Re: Re: Help wanted > Kunisada series ... (link+pics included)

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Posted by Theo de Kreijger on September 01, 1998 at 17:56:52:

In Reply to: Re: Help wanted > Kunisada series ... (link+pics included) posted by Richard Illing on August 31, 1998 at 22:51:36:

Dear Richard Illing,

I borrowed the illustration of the print from this page on 'The Art of Japan - galery'. Take a look if you like! Of course I compared it with your print and the one illustrated in 'What about Kunisada?' by Jan van Doesburg. It's hard to see, but if you look carefully you'll also see blue shading around and below the eyes and the grass might be green to. It's a bad scan. Alas. And I must admit that I 'fumbled' a bit with the contrast and colours of the copy on my page. I'm sorry. You'ld better contact the owner to know for sure, I suppose.

I don't know much about the colouring of the publisher cartouche. Those present on the illustrations of the Seigen print (I found 5 different ones) are all yellow. But one of them has a red-white-blue colouring of the engravers seal (keiyo or meiji reprint???). My print of Kasugaya has a white publisher seal and a yellow engraver seal. I can't say what colour the cartouche on the print of Oiwa has (Hans Olaf copied it from a book), but both seam white. The colouring of the seals on the rest of the series is unknown.

I personally think that colouring (and use of subtle printing techniques) actually says less about 'early issues' then you might expect. The sharpness of the lines on the black key-block and the fitting of the different colours really say much more comparing prints.

A very important feature of the print of Yasukata is the ghosts hair. It's cut very delicately. The haires should be very thin lines without any 'hickups' in them. In reprints those lines get damaged and worn out first. They also gather dried ink easy and become 'sloppy'.

My print of 'Kasugaya Tokijiro' show those imperfections. Alas. So it must be a (hopefully early) reprint.

Theo de Kreijger

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