1934. Item #90441
[SOSAKU HANGA] ONCHI, Kôshirô, artist & author. UMI NO DOWA. Tokyo: Hanga-sô, Shôwa 9 . Self-wrappers in glassine, with Onchi's text and accompanying 6 polychrome woodblock prints, the blocks of which were carved by him. Each print is a vortex of images with the female form as visual pivot. Onchi and his work need no introduction - he is considered the most important Japanese printmaker of the mid-Century and one of the most innovative and creative of all time. As a leader of the Sosaku Hanga Creative Print movement, he guided the development of many of the dominant figures of post-war art until his premature death in the 1950's.
UMI NO DOWA is a seminal work. This copy has scarcely any of the usual foxing. It is about fine, with the [original?] glassine. Certainly a most desirable copy of this highspot at the intersection of the Creative Print Movement and the Avant Garde before the War.