Friday, 20 January 2012

Print du Jour

This stunning Japanese woodblock print, hightened in gold, is a wonderful example of Japanese art at the turn of the century.

Tsukioka Kogyo (1869-1927)
Fireflies at Night
Woodblock print (nishiki-e) hightened in gold
c. 1900
Shikishiban [9.5 x 10 inches]

Signature: Kogyo
Seal: Artist's seal.

Tsukioka Kogyo was a great later nineteenth century Japanese woodcut artist, Tsukioka Kogyo first studied printmaking techniques under his famous step-father, Yoshitoshi. He later took more instructions from Ogata Gekko. During his career Kogyo created a number of fine woodcuts dealing with both natural history and contemporary events, such as the Russo-Japanese War. His name, however, will always be associated with the great series of woodcuts he designed for Heikichi dealing with the Noh Theatre.

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