船堀の雪 (Snow at Funabori)

Designer: Kawase Hasui | Printer: Shun Yamamoto

Size: 37cm by 17cm | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ? | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: $ 180.00£ 145.00€ 165.00

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Description: This design was originally published by the Doi Hanga-ten in 1932, and this new Mokuhankan edition is being produced using the original block set, loaned to us for this use by the grand-daughter of the founder of that company.

The blocks were used many times over the years to pull editions, but generally without adequate supervision of the printers, and the impressions vary widely in both colour tones and in overall quality. For this edition, we had no master reference created while the founder was still alive and supervising the process, so the colour balances you see here were created by our young printer Shun Yamamoto, in discussion with Dave.

Unlike some of our other Doi editions, the blocks for this one were in quite good condition, and it was not necessary to replace or repair any of them. Some had shrunk a bit, but that sort of problem is taken care of by the printer in the normal course of the work, by dunking them in a bath as necessary, to let them expand to their previous dimensions ...

Producing these new editions has been an excellent learning experience for our (relatively) young printing staff, as to date they have mostly done work from freshly carved blocks, and had to learn a wide range of new techniques to handle the challenges posed by such old (and warped and chipped) blocks. But we hope that as you look at the prints, you can't detect much of the struggle that went on behind the scenes!

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