(Shiro i hama)
self-carved, self-printed; signed within the composition in white, Mizufune, numbered, titled, and signed in pencil on the bottom margin, 11/30, Shiro i hama, White Beach, R.Mizufune
13 3/4 by 26 1/8 in., 35 by 66.5 cm
Mizufune Rokushu was born in Kure in Hiroshima and studied sculpture at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts. Although he is best known in Japan as a sculptor, he is recognized for his post-war woodblock prints in the West. He learned carving and printing (like many other artists of the time) from Hiratsuke Un'ichi (1895-1997), and was a co-founder of the Shin Hanga Shudan (New Print Group) along with the prominent sosaku hanga artist Ono Tadashige (1909-1990). Mizufune spent a year in the United States where he was an artist in residence at the Putney School at Marlboro College in Vermont.
Works by Mizufune are in the collection of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the British Museum, Harvard Art Museum, and Honolulu Museum of Art.
Reference (artist's bio):
The British Museum (britishmuseum.org)
Tsuruoka Family Collection (Kakunen Tsuruoka, artist, 1892-1977)
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