1943. Item #90301
SERIZAWA KEISUKE. MASHIKO HIGAERI. This work was privately printed by Serizawa in 1943 in katazome stencil printing, bound fukuro-toji, string-bound Japanese-style. there are 23 full page colored stencil plates. The first 25 copies of A DAY TRIP TO MASHIKO were in full size, as here, 30.2 x 21.5 cm. There were another 25 copies printed on half-sized sheets which present a different impression. Another 15 large paper copies were done by Serizawa the following year. This copy of the original large paper edition in 25 copies has its original printed fukuro dustwrapper. Obviously one of the rarest of all works by Serizawa, this copy is especially distinguished - Serizawa has numbered it number one. The craft community of Mashiko which Serizawa often lived at during the war was located quite far out from Tôkyô, which is fortunate. Serizawa's home and workshop in Tôkyô were utterly destroyed during the firebombings of 1945. It was just before and during the war that Serizawa refined his skills at stencil-printing, which would be recognized after the war when he was named a LIVING NATIONAL TREASURE. It was also the time that Serizawa cemented his relationship with the great founder of the Craft Movement in Japan, Yanagi Sôetsu, and became Mingei's most famous artistic practitioner.