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Arts of Japan series : print #4 - work begins

Posted by Dave Bull at 8:34 PM, September 5, 2012 [Permalink]

Look at this - more than a month since I brought you an 'Arts of Japan' update! What have I been doing ... taking time off?

(heh-heh ...)

Well, taking 'time off' is not exactly a good description of what I have been doing for the past month, but yes, I admit that I have not been 'faithful' to this print series during August!

But starting today, I'm back at it, and - as always - the first step is to get the tracing for the carving ready:

No prizes for those who recognize the artist on this one, but I suspect there is only one reader of this blog who can identify the actual image itself ...


Following comment posted by: Julio Rodriguez on September 6, 2012 3:25 AM

SPOILER AlERT. I think you are going to have to challenge us a bit more Dave (LOL), the artist is Susuki Harunobu. The image I think is from album #5 of the Ehon SeirĊ Bijin Awase Go (Beauties of the Green Houses) series originally printed in 1770. Of course we are looking at the reverse image on your computer screen right ? Link below:


Following comment posted by: Dave on September 6, 2012 8:37 AM

How on earth did you find that? One small detail from one image on one page of one volume of a series ...?

Following comment posted by: Ken Morgan on September 6, 2012 9:02 AM

Dave- knew the artist but nothing else-a TIP of the hat to Julio- well done.

Following comment posted by: julio on September 6, 2012 1:37 PM

Ha,ha...are you impressed ? Sorry if I spoiled it, I am big fan of Harunobu but I did not have to search very far; the answer is right here on these pages...had the answer in less than 2 minutes !!! LOL

Following comment posted by: Jacques on September 6, 2012 7:04 PM

Ah Dave, this is wonderful: you actually picked my top favourite from the list of five that I sent you twelve days ago!

It does require the carving of TWO sets of fine hairlines though, the 'real ones' in the ladies' neck, and the 'reflected ones' around her forehead ...

Julio, as a fan of Harunobu, you might enjoy having a look at my website mentioned in Dave's last RoundTable post (Visit to Europe...) where I recently uploaded all 166 prints of Harunobu's Ehon Seiro Bijin Awase which can be viewed there in much more detail than on the Japanese National Diet Library website!

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