Re: Artist named Hideaki??

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Posted by Hans Olof Johansson on December 27, 1997 at 16:28:09:

In Reply to: Artist named Hideaki?? posted by Thomas Crossland on December 27, 1997 at 10:47:32:

: Recently while in Japan I was able to purchase about a dozen woodblock prints which I stumbled upon in several small antique shops. The print for which I am seeking additional insights is a lovley 4 1/4 x 6 1/8 inch (10.5 x 16.5 cm) left-facing bust of bijin wearing blue kimono with orangish-red obi (sash). Its small signature/seal (small red circle with black writing above) reads "Hideaki," as translated by a friend in Japan and also by my Japanese wife. (In overall appearance/style, bijin is quite similar to Torii Kotondo's (1900-76) print titled "Morning Hair" (c1932).) Can you offer any insight as to who is artist Hideaki? Additional question: Paper itself is rather thin and when held up backwards to light reveals very narrow, evenly-spaced parallel "white/transparent" lines vertically about every inch. What type of paper is this and does it additionally help to date this and other prints?? Thank you in advance for you insights and for providing this valuable service and forum in which to exchange information.

I have not been able to find any references to a print artist by the name of Hideaki. However, this name can be written in at least four different ways in Japanese, probably more, and each of these combinations of kanji characters could possibly have one or more alternative pronunciations.

Consequently, the name of the artist could, in fact, be pronounced and transcribed in a totally different way, even if your friend and your wife have read the characters of the signature and the seal correctly. Without a scanned image, or a photo, of the signature and the seal, I shall not be able to identify the artist, though.

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