Re: Kunichika - 1888 - different states


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Posted by Guy Pepermans (91.181.16.30) on February 03, 2015 at 11:09:59:

In Reply to: Kunichika - 1888 - different states posted by Daan on February 02, 2015 at 00:42:46:

I refer to the text written in the gourd-shaped colophon copy at the TML:

Registration of painter and publisher:
Gakôkai shuppanjin: Fukagawa Nakamachi 24-banchi, Takazawa Fusajirô;
Meiji 21, 1st month (day left blank).

Publisher is Takazawa Fusajirô (Marks, publisher 518).

The publisher's info and date of publication are missing on your copy. I ignore the reason, but it is possible that your copy was a somewhat later, cheaper (pirated?) impression. The design is well balanced so I don't think it was part of a triptych. Maybe it was intended by the publisher as larger 'Setsugekka' series that was aborted after the publication of just one print. Andreas Marks mentions that Takazawa Fusajirô was active until 1886; this print however was issued 1888/1. Maybe the publisher ceased to exist later that year and the blocks were handed over to someone else.

Guy.


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