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Toshikata

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

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.

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

price: Sold


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

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