Arai Yoshimune was a Japanese artist associated with the shin-hanga ("New Prints") art movement in Japan during the early 20th century. This movement was influenced by European Impressionism and its imagery focused on landscapes, women, and nature.In the 1920s, the publisher Hasegawa commissioned a small group of artists to create woodblock prints for a series entitled " Hasegawa's Night Scenes ", of which there were a total of 21 prints by 6 artists. The scene makes heavy use of dark blue and darker blue shadows to convey the night and objects within the night. Under a bridge overpass, a solitary fisherman in his boat hauls in his net by the light of a torch, whose light ripples on the water. We see the silhouettes of people going about their late-night business above, in the distance we see the light of a house? On lands further out on the river. Unfortunately the original matting was not acid-free, so while the colors are still rich, there is discoloration from where the matting overlapped the printed section of the piece. This discoloration is noticeable up close, but not noticeable from any realistic distance or once the piece is behind glass. Light residue in the reverse top corners from where it was tipped to the folio. After his father's death he was adopted by the Arai family.
He succeeded his father in 1882 to become Yoshimune II and occasionally used his fathers art name Isshsai, along with the name Arai Yoshimune. Worked as illustrator and print designer. Also known as Arai Toshiyuki. Dimensions are 7 1/2" x 10 3/8".
Thin margins of around 1/16 on all sides NOT CROPPED! The item "ARAI YOSHIMUNE A Fishing Boat antique Japanese Woodblock Print" is in sale since Thursday, October 15, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Prints". The seller is "dkutcher" and is located in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
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