Mount Fuji Seen from the Pass by Shotei
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Artist: Hiroaki (Shotei) Takahashi (1871-1945)
Woodblock Prints Title: Mount Fuji Seen from the Pass
1st Publication: 1920's
Size: 6-1/2 x 14-3/4 + Margins as shown
Date of this edition: 1927
Condition: Very fine
Notes: (*) Rare variant / 2nd state of the print. Shotei created 500 Works or so before the Kanto earthquake that destroyed all the blocks and inventory.
1923 was a rough year for Wanatabe Shozaburo. The Kanto earthquake destroyed his building and all his inventory / blocks in the fire. Although in 1924, his team of artists showed some support, in 1925, all his exclusive artists had to break up their deal with Wanatabe for financial reasons.
Kawase Hasui started working for the first time with another publisher (Isetatsu), Hiroshi Yoshida decided to self publish, Shiro Kasamatsu stopped printing until 1930ish, and long time friend Shotei too, had to use other publishers to pay his bills. It's not until 1930, that many of these artists, Shotei included, resumed full time business with Wanatabe.
In the time frame between 1925 until 1930, Shotei used various printers and reprinted similar pre quake designs, sometimes wrongly labelled as fake or plagiarism; although they were simply originals variants made by Shotei, and published by another publisher than Wanatabe Shozaburo, as this one was building his business back.
Pictures: Pictures are taken outdoor, in the shade, to reflect true colors, without any enhancements of any kind. The last picture is taken indoor, with a light behind the print, to reveal the exact paper grain, holes if any, or other possible flaws.
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