Re: Re: Re: woodblock "print"?

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Posted by Philippe Callier on October 19, 1998 at 01:31:45:

In Reply to: Re: Re: woodblock "print"? posted by John Dash on October 18, 1998 at 16:27:32:

: Philippe, I would be interested to know whether Uchida commissioned prints for the small size publication, that is, whether artists designed for that size. Also, do you know of any substantial history of Uchida. I have some really stunning stuff obviously made for the tourist trade, but great nonetheless.
: John

John, Given the commercial nature of the production of prints specifically for the tourist trade, and the existence of a demand for small size prints in this market, I am pretty sure that some small prints were designed and produced specifically in small size. I do not know however whether Uchida commissionned original prints for that market: I have not seen any identified as such. In any case, it is likely that these small prints were sold as cheap local articrafts more than as art (although some are great, as you observe). I am not aware of any book or article on Uchida. My main source is a paragraph in Helen Merritt's book (p.89). She explains that Uchida was originally a bookstore (selling both used and new art books), that took on publishing prints later. This was apparently an excellent idea, as the prints became quite popular with both the regular patrons of the bookstore and the many tourists attracted to Kyoto.

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