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Artist: Asano Takeji 浅野竹二
Title: Tojinbo
Date 1st edition?1949
Publisher 1st edition?Unsodo 芸艸堂
Publisher (this edition)?Unsodo 芸艸堂
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Oban
Format (this edition): Oban
DB artwork code: 34049
Notes (1st edition)?
Notes (this edition)?The following information was taken from the original web listing of this artwork. Often written by non-experts, there may be inaccuracies:

Japanese Woodblock by Asano "Tojinbo" (1949)

A striking scene titled in Japanese kanji (bottom margin) as “Tojinbo” which translates same in English as “Tojinbo” (location name) by Takeji Asano (1900-2002). Bears artist’s "signature" in lower left corner of image. Publisher is Unsodo, with the carver/printer seals of Nagashima/Shinmi seen in lower right margin. Print is an original first-edition printing, indicated by the right margin's “kanji margin-dating” of “Showa 24,” or 1949—since ONLY “first edition” prints are known to have such margin-dating—and additionally, it has recently been learned that only 100 such dated “first edition” prints were ever produced. Circa 1949—first edition.

Seldom seen, the presence of this print’s original (“kanji”) “margin-dating" seen in the mid right margin indicates that this print to be a FIRST EDITION printing. To learn more about the dating of editions and prints by Unsodo Publisher, click the following link about "Unsodo Publisher."

Nicely printed—superbly executed “bokashi” (gradation of color) throughout the print; and life-like reflection in water. Crisp, sharp “key-lines.” Excellent “bleed-through” of colors to backside. Print is in very good condition—no tears, no fading, clean backside—does slight “age toning” typical of older prints. Image measures 9 1/4 x 14 ½ inches.

Artist Bio: 
浅野 竹二(あさの たけじ、明治33年(1900年)10月24日-平成10年(1998年)2月10日) 京都の日本画家、版画家。京都市立絵画専門学校で日本画を専攻、途中油絵に手をそめましたが、再び日本画に復帰、土田麦僊の率いる「山南塾」に入塾し、国画創作協会展に出品するなど日本画家として活躍しました。

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