Serizawa Keisuke Zenshū, 31 volumes 芹沢銈介全集 全 31 [Collected Works of Serizawa Keisuku]
Chūō Kōronsha 中央公論社, publisher
Showa 55-58 (1980 -1984)
31 hardcover volumes 21.6 x 15.5cm open Japanese style with reproduced color photos and Japanese text throughout on the works of Serizawa Keisuke 芹沢銈介. The books are covered in ecru fabric and have the series title and book number in gold on the binding while the 22 x 15.8cm slipcases have a red cover with an “iroha” いろは [similar to ABC] design taken from one of his kimono designs (see Vol 18 pp. 152-3) that incorporates a title slip with the title and book number. The artist’s (western) signature is blind stamped on the rear cover. The slipcases have title information on the binding and a wraparound band in red, olive, salmon, gold, or lavender, depending on the section. The bands have printed text on the series and publisher on the front and the list of all 31 volume titles on the rear.
Each volume starts with a series title page with color background design, volume table of contents and volume title page. The majority of the pages are comprised of color, reproduced photos of Serizawa’s art and craft works with title or explanation of the work. These are followed by a related essay and, in some volumes, an index of works. The volumes are organized in sections by topic and are designated by the numbers on and color of the case’s belly band. Vols range in length from 169pp to 229pp. The topics are as follows: Vols 1-6 Monogatari-e 物語絵 [Story Illustrations] (olive green bands except for 1 which is red), Vols 7-9 Kikō-e 紀行絵 [Travel Ilus.] (salmon), Vols 10-16 Monyō 文様 [Patterns] (gold), Vol 17 Erotic Patterns (gold), Vol 18 Kimono 着物, Obi 帯, etc,. Vol 19 Noren 暖簾, etc., Vols 20-1 Some-e Jjiku 染絵軸 [Dyed Picture Scrolls] etc., Vol 22 Jimōyō 字模様 [Lettering Designs], Uchiwa-e うちわ絵 [Fan Paintings], Vol 23 Jyohyō 書票 bookplates, Rinpyō 燐票 matchbox labels, etc., Vol 24 Garasu-e 硝子絵 [Reverse Glass Painting] (18-24 lavender), Vols 25-27 Sōtei 装幀 [Book Bindings] (olive), Vol 28 Rittai Design 立体デザイン (3-D design) & Tōki 陶器 [Pottery], Vol 29 Katagami 型紙, etc. (both salmon), Vol 30 Nikuhitsu-ga 肉筆画 [Original Drawings] (gold).
Vol 31 Collection コレクション (gold), the final book in the series, highlights Serizawa’s personal collection of art and artifacts which includes Japanese crafts, textiles, books and toys, garments (many embroidered) from the Ainu and Native American cultures, Okinawa and the Philippines, textile bags from Afghanistan, masks from Africa, Indonesia and Nepal, wooden furniture from India, paintings from Korea, books from China, India and Sri Lanka and many other pieces that influenced his work. The majority of the approx 4500 objects that comprise the collection are held in the Serizawa Museum in Shizuoka City.
Supplementary materials include two items. The first is a light brown sheet 14.7 x 10.4cm that lists the volumes in the series with names of the works included in each. The second is a 6 page white brochure 18.5 x 12.7cm on the series with b + w reproduced photos with content that varies with each. Vol 1 photos: a page from one of his works (promoting the 2nd book in the series), Serizawa in a student uniform in Taisho 3 , the artist as an older man and his wife as an older woman. (The artist married his wife Tayo たよ in 1917, when he was 21 and she was 18.) All of the volumes have white brochures with reproduced photos and Japanese text that vary with each, and most have the light brown index sheets.
Serizawa Keisuke 芹沢銈介 (1895 – 1984) was a master stencil-printer and mingei artist who was named a Living National Treasure by the Japanese government in 1956. Also associated with a leader of the Creative Print Movement (Sōsaku Hanga 創作版画), he taught many students who carried on this artistic tradition. The range and volume of his work are astounding.
Excellent condition, complete in 31 volumes. A remarkable visual reference to the works of a skillful and prolific master.