We specialize in kamigata-e, original eighteenth to twentieth century Japanese woodblock prints from Osaka and the surrounding region. We also offer nineteenth-century Edo prints and twentieth-century art works from Osaka, Tokyo, and other regions of the world. Our inventory is comprehensive and always changing, with a broad range of artists and prices.
Gallery: Our Sales Gallery is arranged by genre and artist. Each print is accompanied by a full description.
Articles and More: We offer Articles on topics related to Osaka prints, many covering aspects of Japanese printmaking that have been overlooked in the standard literature. Essays on other topics can be found at Varia. We also maintain an Archive of the information pages for all sold prints. An extensive Glossary, artists' Biographies, and detailed Bibliography serve as additional resources.
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Video: Offers an introduction to the art of kamigata-e (Osaka video).
Greetings and, hoping you are all safe and well, we send you wishes for a far more benign 2022.
Thirty-one prints and books are on offer this time, many being notable for their rarity or outstanding condition. A first for our website, Osaka prints are outnumbered, slightly, by works from the 20th century. This marks a continuation of an evolution in the website started a few years ago — not a reflection a waning interest in Kamigata-e on our part, but due to the general lack of availability these days of enough high-quality Osaka pieces.
Among the Kamigata-e, in addition to the fine Kabuki examples by Hokushû, Hokuei, and Yoshikuni, special attention should be paid to the Osaka cityscape by Sadanobu II, an unusually well-preserved impression of an exuberant Bunmei kaika (“Civilization and enlightenment,” Meiji-period) design.
Also, ghost print enthusiasts have a chance to own the seldom-encountered Oiwa diptych by Munehiro.
Kawanishi Hide and Tagawa Ken were contemporaries in the Sôsaku hanga movement, both taking delight in port-city life and the exotic foreign influences they saw around them, in Kobe and Nagasaki, respectively. This Update features work by both men, including two of Kawanishi’s seminal woodblock printed books from the mid 1930s.
Also in the “Modern Prints” section of the Update are powerful landscapes by Azechi Umetarô, Hiratsuka Un'ichi,, Miki Suizan, and Kitaoka Fumio, a large Kyoto beauty by Sekino Jun'ichirô, a large and rare early kappazuri-e by Takahashi Hiromitsu, and a remarkable color etching by Elizabeth Keith.
As always, we have striven to give complete and accurate condition statements, but feel free to contact us with any questions.
A note on shipping: Japan Post’s trackable EMS service is now again available for parcels from Japan to Europe and the States, and the shipping cost to those destinations is included in the price of the print (unless otherwise noted).
We look forward to hearing from you.
All the best,
Winter Sale 2022
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