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a beauty wearing a red kimono decorated with chrysanthemums holds her hand to her chin, the pink to turquoise background with falling leaves and embellished with mica; at top left title written in gold kanji, Aki, with kanji signature Oju (by special request) Bin-ni and red artist’s seal Binnie, at bottom margin hand-signed and numbered in pencil 10/100, Paul Binnie, April-July 2004
dai oban tate-e 18 3/4 by 13 1/8 in., 47.7 by 33.3 cm
The Four Seasons series was commissioned by an American collector who requested 50 impressions of the first design, Summer, and 100 impressions of the remaining 3 seasons. The deluxe series was lavishly produced on thick over-sized paper and utilizing copious numbers of color blocks with nearly every imaginable labor for the artist, including, bokashi (gradation of colors), baren sujizuri (decorative swirl marks created by manipulating the baren), karazuri (lit. ‘blind printing’ or embossing), and metallic printing. Although Binnie had for the most part avoided female subjects in his woodblock prints previously, the series was a tremendous success.
Paul Binnie: A Dialogue with the Past – The First 100 Japanese Prints, 2007, p. 115, cat. no. 78