Keyblock proofs were produced for multiple purposes: in traditional woodblock print production the black outline proofs were likely used to actually make the color blocks- subsequently destroying the proof while carving the block. As such, keyblock proofs from the 18th and 19th century are relatively unusual, and often those that have survived are from obscure designs that never made into production. However, by the 20th century, collectors became more appreciative of all of the nuances of woodblock print production, and occasionally keyblock proofs (or cancelled keyblock proofs) were made available to sell along with the prints themselves. At the same time, the process of developing a print for production had changed somewhat: prints were often based on completed paintings, as opposed to designs made expressly for woodblock prints. This is a representative sampling of a group of available kuchi-e keyblock prints by Toshikata. Please inquire regarding additional designs.

Mizuno Toshikata Flags of Many Nations

Mizuno Toshikata, 1866-1908

Flags of Many Nations (keyblock proof)
(Bankoku ki)

kuchi-e (frontispiece) illustration for Bungei Kurabu (popular literary magazine), vol. 10, no. 14; with artist's seal, Toshikata, ca. 1904

13 3/4 by 9 5/8 in., 34.8 by 24.5 cm

This print was published at a time when Japan was opening up internationally. In the final color woodblock print the Japanese flag hangs with the flags of the United States, Britain, Italy as well as others, expressing the county's intention to join the international community on equal footing.

Reference:
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, accession no. 2000.311
Sarah Thompson, Flags of Many Nations, Published online at mfa.org, December 15, 2016

SOLD


Mizuno Toshikata

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Mizuno Toshikata Mad Woman of Yawata

Mizuno Toshikata, 1866-1908

The Mad Woman of Yawata (keyblock proof)
(Yawata/Yahata no kyojo)

kuchi-e (frontispiece) for the novel The Mad Woman of Yawata by Hirotsu Ryuro, published in vol. 7, no. 94 Bungei Kurabu (popular literary magazine), signed with artist's seal Toshikata, ca. 1901

9 5/8 by 13 1/4 in., 24.3 by 33.5 cm

This scene illustrates the moment in the story when Okane, feigning madness, cries on the spot where her murdered father's body was found.

References:
Nanako Yamada, Mokuhan Kuchi-e (Survey of Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints), 2006, p. 347
Honolulu Museum of Art, object no. 27281
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. JP 3288 (Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1959)
(inv. no. C-1806)

$75


Mizuno Toshikata
Reference image of color print (available)

Mizuno Toshikata Shigure

Mizuno Toshikata, 1866-1908

Drizzling Rain (keyblock proof)
(Shigure)

kuchi-e (frontispiece) for novel published in Bungei Kurabu (popular literary magazine), vol. 11, no. 15; with artist's seal Toshikata, ca. 1905

13 3/4 by 9 5/8 in., 34.8 by 24.6 cm

Reference:
Nanako Yamada, Mokuhan Kuchi-e (Survey of Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints), 2006, p. 349

$75


Mizuno Toshikata

Reference image of color print (not available for sale)

Mizuno Toshikata Outdoor Sketch

Mizuno Toshikata, 1866-1908

Outdoor Sketch (keyblock proof)
(Bijin no kogai Shasei)

kuchi-e (frontispiece) with artist's seal Toshikata; published by Bungei Kurabu (popular literary magazine), illustration for a novel in vol. 9, no. 9, ca. 1903

9 3/4 by 13 7/8 in., 24.7 by 35.1 cm

References:
Helen Merritt & Nanako Yamada, Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints: Reflections of Meiji Culture, 2000, p. 159, no. 6.19
Nanako Yamada, Mokuhan Kuchi-e (Survey of Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints), 2006, p. 348

SOLD


Mizuno Toshikata
Reference image of color print (not available for sale)

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