Hand printed on a Washi paper
※Reproducing all or any part of the contents is prohibited.
(Original design for UNSODO, reprinting)
※Shin Hanga ( New printing )
※Original print by UNSODO
“Shin hanga” is a new style of Japanese printings. Printed or designed in Meiji period to Showa period. (1897 to 1960). (明治30年～昭和35年)
Like the traditional ukiyo-e prints, it is produced by the division of labor by painters, carvers, and printers directed by a publisher with the aim of modernizing and reconstructing ukiyo-e. This is originally published by UNSODO (Kyoto).
Okada Koichi was born in Tokyo 1907.
He was a western-style painter. After graduated art school, he exhibited many works to Nitten (The Nitten is the most popular of all the great art organizations in Japan), imperial academy art exhibition etc. He became a member of an art membership Issui-kai (The Issui-kai was founded in 1936 by Ikuma Arishima, Ishii Hakutei, Takanori Kinoshita, Yoshiken Kinoshita, Keizo Koyama, Inosuke Hazama, Sotaro Yasui, and Shintaro Yamashita.)
Koichi Okada created a series of 12 prints of famous views of Japan, most of them with Mount Fuji in the background.
・Material/ Japanese washi paper
・Size/ Picture：W24.2×H36.4cm , Margin included：W27.5×H41cm
・Regarding size / There is a slight error in size.
・Weight/ 150 g
・Made in Japan
Unsodo was founded in Teramachi Nijo, Kyoto in 1891 as a publisher specializing in art. It is the only publisher in Japan that publishes books printed by woodblock printing.
When the company was founded, machine printing technology was still in its infancy. Woodblock printing was the mainstream for color printing, and craftsmen's handwork was the most reliable printing method.
Unsodo excelled at design art printing and published collections of works by many painters and designers. Especially in Kyoto, where Kimono retail business was flourishing, the collection of fabric dyeing patterns was very popular among the Kimono makers.
Since the Taisho era (1912-1926) to this day, they have published woodblock prints by some of the most well-known Shin-Hanga artists, such as Higuchi Tomimaro, Ikeda Zuigetsu, Asano Takeji, Okada Gyoichi, Kato Kohshu, and Tsuchiya Rakuzan.
[Origin of the company name]
The name "Unsodo" was given by the artist Tomioka Tessai. "Unso" is a perennial herb in the mandarin family, and cultivated in southern Europe under the name of "Wijnruit" for medicinal and ornamental purposes. It has long been used as a fragrant herb to protect books from pests.
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