夏竹 (Summer Bamboo)
Description: Tani Bun'ichi was the son of the more famous Tani Buncho, an Edo period painter. Buncho was very popular in his day, and well-known for being very versatile, working in many different styles. Bun'ichi was adopted into the family, and seems to have worked mostly in the Maruyama painting style. Unfortunately, he died young in 1818 (at only 32), and thus not much of his work is known to us.
There is a bit of a 'story' associated with the genesis of this print, and rather than simply 'copy-paste' it onto this page, here is a link to the original page of the Surimono Albums, where this print was first introduced.
Note (1): This print was originally published by David in his Surimono Albums series. He made approximately 200 copies of each of those prints, and distributed them only in album form, never as single prints. It is his idea that after the 200 album sets of any particular album have been sold, the blocks (still in absolutely perfect condition) could then be used to produce prints to be added to the Mokuhankan catalogue, with the printing being done by hired craftsmen working under his direction. The first Surimono Album is now out-of-print, and this is one of the designs from it.
Note (2): The blocks have not yet been sent out to anybody else for printing; the print you will receive if you order one of these is one left over from David's own original edition ...
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