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Ryukyu Market

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Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Ryukyu Market

by Ishikawa Toraji, c. 1935

Ishikawa Toraji (1875-1964)

IHL Cat. #972

About This Print

Primarily known as a Wester-style (yōga) landscape painter, Ishikawa self-published a number of woodblock prints (possibly using the publishing name Ryokū-so Gashitsu 緑雨荘画室版), working with excellent carvers and printers to transfer his designs into prints.  In addition to his best-known print series Ten Types of Female Nudes, Ishikawa published a number of landscape prints.  This print, originally published by the artist c. 1935, shows three farmers selling their produce at an unknown location in Japan's Ryukyu Islands, the best known of which is Okinawa.  Ishikawa had a fascination with native peoples which can be traced back to visits he made to Taiwan in the early 1900s.

This print carries Ishikawa's watermark in the lower left margin (see photo below) and the names of the carver, Yamagishi Kazue, and the printer, Matsuzaki Keizaburō, in the two cartouches located in the bottom left margin.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #972
 Title or Description Ryukyu Market (琉球の市場 Ryukyu no ichiba)
 Ishikawa Toraji (1875-1964)
Ishikawa (in English)
 Seal artist's "Tora" seal (see above image)
 Publication Date originally c. 1935.  This collection's print possibly later but during the artist's lifetime.
 Edition likely a later edition
 Publisher  self-published (likely under the publishing name Ryokuu-sō Gashitsu han
Yamagishi Kazue (1893-1996) 山岸主計彫
Matsuzaki Keizaburō 松崎啓三郎摺
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - light wrinkling and soiling
artist's watermark reading Ishikawa Toraji 石川寅治
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative prints)
 Format dai-oban
 H x W Paper 11 1/2 x 17 1/2 in. (29.2 x 44.5 cm)
 H x W Image 8 3/4 x 14 7/8 in. (22.2 x 37.8 cm) measurement includes gray border
 Collections This Print Minneapolis Institute of Art 2002.161.31
 Reference Literature Being Modern in Japan: Culture and Society from the 1910s to the 1930s, Elise K. Tipton and John Clark, University of Hawaii Press, 2000, p. 20, Cat. 15.