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Tulips 4

Size: 43.5cm by 30.0cm (17.13 in by 11.81 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Urushibara Yoshijiro

Era: Pre-war | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 123,000$ 960.00£ 785.00€ 910.00 [Item has been sold]

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Description: This print is a proof of the influence of Japanese design on the West during the period after Japan’s ‘opening’ because it was made in England. Indeed, Urushibara was living and working in London and influenced British artists attempting to make woodblock prints following traditional Japanese techniques.

Dave had met Yoshijiro-san's son couple a number of times, and Ichiro-san had been very helpful in providing information about his father's life and work for the 'tribute' website on Urushibara that Dave produced at the time.

A group of three tulips, two red ones and a purple one are nicely displayed inside a dark red lacquered vase with multicolor-leaved pattern. Their vivid color stands out against a plain creamy background with a blue curtain on the right. Western techniques like chiaroscuro are used to give depth and contrast to some specific parts like the petals, the light reflection on the vase, and the curtain creases.

This print came to Mokuhankan from a private collector in England. 

This print is slightly toned overall and has a few slight creases on the margins.

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