Weaving in the American Southwest
By Yamagishi Kazue
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Edition size: n/a
Sheet size: 34.2 by 42.5 cm
Price: $250 (excl. taxes)
self-carved, self-printed; dated and signed Showa sannen go gatsu (Showa 3 , 5th month)
13 1/2 by 16 3/4 in., 34.2 by 42.5 cm
Yamagishi Kazue was born in Ina City of Nagano and moved to Tokyo at the age of 15 where he worked as a woodblock carver for the Yomiuri Shinbun Company from 1906 to 1916. In addition to learning the block-carving trade, Yamagishi studied painting with Kuroda Seki (1866-1924), one of the most recognized and influential yoga (Western-style) artists; and sculpture with Muto Shuho. From 1917 he carved woodblocks for a variety of artists including Yokoyama Taikan (1868-1968), Takehisa Yumeji (1884-1934), Kaburagi Kiyokata (1878-1972), Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950), Paul Jacoulet (1896-1960), Ishikawa Toraji (1875-1964) and book covers for Onchi Koshiro (1891-1955).
In addition to his importance as the carver of choice to these leading artists, Kazue self-published many woodblock prints of his own design, including these series: One Hundred Views of Japan (Nihon hyakkei) in 1929; One Hundred Views of the World (Sekai hyakkei) in 1937; and One Hundred Views of the East (Toa hyakkei), in 1937. He was sent to the United States and Europe from 1926 to 1929 by the Ministry of Education in order to demonstrate and promote Japanese woodblock printing techniques; the subject of this print suggests that his government-sponsored travels included the opportunity to visit the American southwest.