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Junichiro SEKINO "Small Birth" 1985 Woodblock Print Book Ltd Ed 350

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Junichiro SEKINO, artist. "Chisana Tanjou" - “Small Birth.” Japan: Hanzanmaino-ka, 1985, 25 x 18 cm (25 x 35 cm open), 12 double-page woodblock prints. Self-Carved and Self-Printed. Very finely bound in fukuro toji style with an extra sheet inserted between the folded sheets. Decorative boards - the illustrated cover may be hand painted. Edition limited to 350 copies.

Reference: Sekino Junichiro hanga sakuhinshu, 1997, page 200 (catalogue #056-books).

One of Sekino's last masterpieces. "Love and pleasure had me make this book of wood-cut prints" is carved into the limitation title page. The magical story illustrated in this marvelous work of art is Sekino's own.

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

More comprehensive biographies: http://www.artelino.com/articles/junichiro_sekino.asp and http://www.viewingjapaneseprints.net/texts/sosakutexts/sosaku_pages/sekino3.html

Condition: Excellent state - fine impressions with vivid colors, Original case and outer box, Rare and fine.

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