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* Junichiro SEKINO "Rafu Shishu" 1951 Woodblock Print Book Ltd Ed 150 Rare


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Junichiro SEKINO, artist. "Rafu Shishu.” Toichiro IWASA, poetry, Gaishi(?) TAKAGI, carver, Daiji YAMAGUCHI, printer. Japan: Sei En So, 1951, 9 cm x 8 cm, red boards with embedded silver gelatin photograph (3 cm x 3 cm), 32 pp, 12 delicate woodblock-printed line images with poetic text, decorative paper over boards case. Limited Edition of 150 copies. This example is stamped #35 out of the edition of 120.

Beautiful and rare. Unusual early woodblock print book from Sekino. Sekino’s designs here are not in his usual style, but delicate line images of nudes that evoke classic Ukiyoe artists like Utamaro as well as 20th century French artists like Matisse. Can’t find a credit for the cover photograph.

Junichiro Sekino (1914-1988) biography: Even before his twentieth birthday Junichiro Sekino was already involved with woodblock prints: he made them together with friends while still at High School, and he knew Shiko Munakata (a few years his senior) from boyhood (Munakata was also from Aomori prefecture). From 1932 he exhibited with the Nihon Hanga Kyokai. In the 30s he studied with Koshiro Onchi and with Senpan Maekawa. After WWII he became especially well-known in the USA, but his star rose rapidly elsewhere in the world as well. His work is characterized by its technical accomplishment and variety."--Saru Gallery

Condition: Very Good with the original clear dj. SIGNED by the poet To-ichiro IWASA on the front endpaper.

Shipping costs: International EMS (express mail service) delivery estimated within 2-4 days - $15.00 (USA), $18.00 (Europe). Shipping weight: approx. 450g.