Jun'ichiro Sekino, 1914-1988
a snowy landscape with mica highlights, signed and dated in pencil Junichiro Sekino 1947 with artist's red seal Jun, numbered 10/30
41.2 by 30.2 cm
Sekino was from Aomori, the hometown of Shiko Munakata (1903-1975), who he knew from his youth as "charismatic painter a few years his senior" (Merritt, p. 133). Sekino studied various types of printmaking with different artists, most notably with Onchi Koshiro (1891-1955), an early leader in the sosaku hanga movement, who is sometimes cited as a teacher (more likely an influential friend) of Munakata.
Sekino exhibited with the Nihon Hanga Kyokai (Japan Print Association) from 1932, during the same period that Munakata was a member, and joined the organization in 1938 (the year Munakata left). They were both members of Kokugakai (National Picture Association) which established a print section in 1931. Munakata was a member from 1932 to 1953; Sekino from 1940.
This rare print (from an edition of only 30 impressions) is a subtle and early work by the artist, produced before he devoloped his later style with an emphasis on bold colors and detailed, exagerated portraits.
Merritt, Helen, and Yamada, Nanako, Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975, 1992, p. 133
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