Hiroaki Takahashi's Junks in Inatori Bay, Izu

Japanese Wood Block Series

Hiroaki Takahashi 1871-1945


Junks in Inatori Bay

Born in Tokyo, Japan. Hiroaki Takahashi began his apprenticeship with his uncle who gave him the artist name Shotei. Known as a landscape designer he worked for publisher Watanabe.

All blocks were destroyed in a fire following the 1923 earthquake.

The beauty of this print is in the strong pigment colors tones. The background sky of indigo blue, golden yellow into an orange glow was created using the bokashi tradition when pigment inks create a gradation of tones. You can almost feel the crisp, clean air as the background junks move into the bay, dusk has settled in. The crescent moon lingers on the ink-stained sky and the power of the junks in the bay sending out a golden light reflecting on the waves show the power of Takahashi’s landscapes; you almost fail to recognize the single silhouette in the foreground floating on the water. When you turn the print over you can see a deep background bleed of color, there is a small tag on the back with information that it may have belonged to a seller for the print. If you hold the print up to the light a papermark on the margin is waiting to be found. The print has a corner fold on the margin and some wrinkling on the top left-hand center of the print, but the colors are intense, and the paper is in excellent condition.

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