Yoshijiro Urushibara woodcuts for sale

Japanese, 1880-1953

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Anemones -  URUSHIBARA

Anemones
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1915, edition probably 100. 12 x 7 7/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. Here we have a superb impression with the colors especially vibrant. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. Urushibara's best work was a group of floral woodcuts of which this is a notable example. The artist moved to England at a young age and lived there as well as in France until 1934. He was very active with the European color woodcut artists at the time and collaborated with Frank Brangwyn on several prints.
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Bruges at Dawn (Quai St Ann) -  URUSHIBARA

Bruges at Dawn (Quai St Ann)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1919, Chapman/Horner UB 13, edition 50 plus proofs. 14 7/8 x 19 1/2 in. Signed lower left with the artist's seal. Signed in pencil by Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956) and Urushibara. This is a fine impression with full margins. The condition is excellent with a deckle edge showing on all sides. This rare print is from the Bruges Portfolio which was the high point of the collaborative efforts between these two artists. Primarily, Brangwyn produced watercolors and/or drawings for a print and Urushibara cut and printed the blocks. The influence of Urushibara on many of his British contempories cannot be underestimated. He moved to London in 1910 and later took a position at the British Museum. He lived in London for about thirty years and he got to know Frank Morley Fletcher, John Platt and Allen Seaby among others. This print is illustrated on page 51 of The New Wave, Twentieth-century Japanese prints from the Robert O. Muller collection (1993) by Julia Meech, Et al.
$2,800

Evening, Outside London -  URUSHIBARA

Evening, Outside London
Woodcut printed in colors, undated (probably done in the 1920s), small edition. 13 7/8 x 9 1/2 in. Signed in pencil and inscribed "No.3". This is a superb impression with full margins. The condition is quite good apart from minor handling marks in the margins here and there. Urushibara came to London at the age of nineteen and ultimately landed a position in the British Museum. He lived in London and France until 1934 and had a profound influence on many woodcut artists working in the 1920s. Walter Phillips, John Platt, Allen Seaby, Frank Brangwyn and others were indebted to Urushibara. This woodcut is not particularly common.
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Jan van Eyckplein, Bruges (Quai du Mirror) -  URUSHIBARA

Jan van Eyckplein, Bruges (Quai du Mirror)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1919, Chapman/Horner UB 13, edition 50 plus proofs. 14 7/8 x 19 5/8 in. Signed with the artist's seal in the lower left corner. Signed in pencil by Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956) and Urushibara. This is a fine impression with full margins. The condition is excellent apart from minor handling creases in the margins here and there. This rare print is from the Bruges Portfolio which was the high point of the collaborative efforts between these two artists. Primarily, Brangwyn produced watercolors and/or drawings for a print and Urushibara cut and printed the blocks. The influence of Urushibara on many of his British contempories cannot be underestimated.
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Loving Couple at the Jan van Eyckplein, Bruges -  URUSHIBARA

Loving Couple at the Jan van Eyckplein, Bruges
Woodcut printed in colors, 1919, Chapman/Horner UB14, edition 50 plus proofs. 15 x 19 1/2 in. Signed lower left with the artist's seal. Signed in pencil by Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956) and Urushibara. This is a fine impression with full margins. The condition is excellent with a deckle edge showing on all sides. This rare print is from the Bruges Portfolio which was the high point of the collaborative efforts between these two artists. Primarily, Brangwyn produced watercolors and/or drawings for a print and Urushibara cut and printed the blocks. The influence of Urushibara on many of his British contempories cannot be underestimated. He moved to London in 1910 and later took a position at the British Museum. He lived in London for about thirty years and he got to know Frank Morley Fletcher, John Platt and Allen Seaby among others.
$2,500

Quai d'Orsay, Paris -  URUSHIBARA

Quai d'Orsay, Paris
Woodcut printed in colors, undated (probably 1920s), edition perhaps 100. 9 5/8 x 12 1/4 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on light cream laid paper. The margins are about 3/4" on all sides which appear to be full and untrimmed. The condition is excellent. This impression is inscribed "No.81" from an unknown edition.
$900

Roses 2 -  URUSHIBARA

Roses 2
Woodcut printed in colors, undated (possibly circa 1925), Chapman/Horner F38, edition possibly 50. 12 x 8 1/4 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on cream laid paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. This impression bears seal # 2 and signature # 21 printed in the right side of the image. (See the catalogue raisonné, page 196). Provenance: the artist's estate via Ichiro Urushibara, the artist's son. (Note: the catalogue raisonné of Urusibara's woodcuts was recently published in 2017. The authors are Hilary Chapman and Libby Horner. ISBN 9789004341982, Hotei Publishing, Leiden, The Netherlands.)
$1,450

Sweet Peas 2 (Sweet Peas in a Vase with Peony Design) -  URUSHIBARA

Sweet Peas 2 (Sweet Peas in a Vase with Peony Design)
Woodcut printed in colors, undated (possibly circa 1913), Chapman/Horner F41, edition probably 83. 12 x 7 7/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression printed on cream laid paper. The margins are full. The condition is fine. This impression bears the seal # 2 "Mokuchu" as listed in the catalogue on page 196. Color variations exist of this print. Ex-collection: the artist's estate via Ichiro Urushibara, the artist's son. The artist rarely dated his prints.
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