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Japanese Wood Engravings and Brush Paintings Collection
MSS-2010-07-01  
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Series 1:  Japanese Wood Engravings 1791-1942

Physical Description: 2 flat file drawers

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is comprised of thirty-four Japanese wood engravings created with two techniques: Block print on rice cloth and silk screen print.
Of special interest in this series is Hiroshi Yoshida's print Criptomeria Avenue, created in the ukiyo-e (floating world) tradition, a printing method going back to 17th century Japan. Traditionally, these prints were planned by the master printmaker but executed in his shop by supervised assistants. Hiroshi Yoshida was one of the last artists to work in the traditional shop fashion. Coming from a family of printmakers he initially began his career as a painter, studying in the Japanese city of Kyoto, as well as in Europe. Yoshida is known to have made at least one visit to the United States where he exhibited at the 1915 World Fair in San Francisco, California. The print in this collection is known to be one of the few copies created by Yoshida himself.

Arrangement

The prints in this series are arranged in two drawers, foldered in alphabetical order by artist: Drawer 04-01 Japanese Wood Engravings A-S, and Drawer 04-02 Japanese Wood Engravings T-Y.
Drawer 04-01

Japanese Wood Engravings A-S

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Hiroshi, Yoshida (1876-1950), Criptomeria Avenue, undated
Hiroshi, Yoshida (1876-1950), Evening at Hot Springs, undated
Hiroshi, Yoshida (1876-1950), On the Lake (Ike-No-Hata), undated
Hokusai, House Scene, undated
Hokusai, Men (Dyptich), undated
Kan-un, Geese and Leaves, undated
Katsushika, Hokusai (1797-1849), The Great Wave, undated
Kiyonaga (1742-1815), Man With a Tea Housemate, undated
Kiyonaga, Torii (1742-1815), Nihonbashi at New Years, undated
Kiyonaga, Torii (1742-1815), Theatrical Group, undated
Kiyonaga, Torii (1742-1815), Women Going to the City, undated (2 prints)
Kitagawa, Utamaro (1753?-1806), Beauties Enjoying the Cool Breeze on a Bridge, undated
Kitagawa, Utamaro (1753?-1806), Anxious in Love, undated
Otaga, Korin, Magnolia, undated
Otaga, Korin, Three Cranes, undated
Otaga, Korin, Three Turtles, undated
Shotei, Chrysanthemums, undated
Shuho, Yamakawa (20th century), Modern Matsume, undated
Drawer 04-02

Japanese Wood Engravings T-Y

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Toyokuni (1769-1825), Rich Man's Servant, undated
Toyokuni (1769-1825), Geisha Girl, undated
Tsutsugo, Geisha Girls, undated
Uiagawa, Kunniyoshi (1798-1861), Actor, undated
Unknown Artist, Flower Cluster, undated
Unknown Artist, Hillside Villa, undated
Unknown Artist, Japanese Lady with Blossoms, undated
Unknown Artist, Japanese Plants, undated
Unknown Artist, Landscape with Houses, undated
Unknown Artist, Leafy Plant, undated
Unknown Artist, Mounted and Un-mounted Samurai Battling, 20th century
Unknown Artist, Persons in Front of and Crossing a Bridge, 20th century
Unknown Artist, Rock and Flowering Branch, undated
Unknown Artist, Servants Carrying the Litter of a Noble Lady and Child, 20th century
Unknown Artist, Two Japanese Men, undated
Urushibara, Lobster and Clams, undated
Yasuo, Kuniyoshi (1893-1953), The Little Pond, 1942
 

Series II:  Japanese Brush Paintings 1958

Physical Description: 1 folder

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is comprised of three Japanese brush paintings created by artist Shuho Kawashima as a demonstration of the technique of Japanese brush painting in Dr. Esther Shephard's class in Oriental Literature (English 119) on May 15, 1958.
The paintings are described by the artist as being depictions of "Pine, Bamboo, and Plum Blossom, the 'Three That Do Not Fear The Winter.'" "They are especially honored by the Chinese and the Japanese, the first two because they remain green through the season of 'Great Cold,' the last because it lives to a gnarled old age and each year puts out its blossoms very early in the spring."

Arrangement

The paintings in this series are arranged into one folder and housed in Drawer 04-02 Japanese Wood Engravings T-Y.