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Sekino, Jun-ichirô

Description:
"Beside a hearthplace in the northeast" (Tôhoku no irori hata: 東北のいろり端), from the series "Women's customs in Japan" (Nihon jozoku sen: 日本女俗選) 
Signature:
Z. Sekino (cut into the key block)
Seals:
No artist seal
Publisher:
Fugaku Shuppansha with inscription Takamizawa Honsha han ("printed by the ain Takamizawa Company")
Date:
August 1946
Format:
(H x W)
Chûban sôsaku hanga
25.8 x 19.7 cm
Impression:
Excellent
Condition:
Excellent color and overall condition (unbacked; paper flaws typical of immediate-postwar paper with creases above right shoulder, two embedded fibers; four thin spots on verso where once glued down)
Price (USD/¥):
$300 / ¥ ... contact us

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Comments:
Background

This charming design by the eminent sôsaku hanga ("creative prints": 創作版画) artist Sekino Jun'ichirô (1914-1988) comes from an important immediate-post-war portfolio of ten works, two each by five artists (Kawanishi Hide, Onchi Kôshirô, Maekawa Senpan, Saitô Kiyoshi, and Sekino Jun'ichirô)

Tôhoku is a term used for the most northerly provinces of the main island of Honshû, where Sekino was born. Given the timing and subject matter of this series, it was clearly initended as a look back at a peaceful, pre-war Japan, with the simple pastimes and dress of Japanese women presented in a nostalgic manner.

Design

Accompanying the set of ten prints was a pamphlet (not included with our print) that described Sekino's design: "Country life, in the Northern parts of Japan, has many unique features. This picture is a scene in a wealthy country home. The dress is about the same as that of other parts of Japan, but the big fireplace in the middle of the room is characteristic of northern Japan. Charcoal is burned in the fireplace for both heating and cooking. The maid is preparing hot tea for a guest."

Other impressions are in the collections of the British Museum (reg #1980,1227,0.17.7), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Acc #65.1069), and the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.

References:

  1. Smith, Lawrence. Japanese Prints during the Allied Occupation 1945-1952 --- Onchi Kôshirô, Ernst Hacker and the First Thursday Society (London: British Museum, 2002), pp. 62 and 89, no. 48.
  2. Amanda Zehnder: Modern Japanese Prints -- The Twentieth Century (Pittsburgh: Carnegie Museum of Art, 2009), p. 161.