3 thoughts on “Japanese Prints

  1. Hi,
    I was googling Saito’s “Winter in Paris” and your site came up. I’m so happy to see the image listed there. I bought 57/100 from Saito in 1967 (the print is dated 1966). He was selling out of his home studio at the time and gave a demonstration. I’ve had it all of these years and was thinking of possibly parting with it. But when I saw your beautiful comment, I don’t know — I see it again it with renewed eyes. At the time I bought it, I didn’t know why, out a room full of his prints, that was the one I really wanted. I told myself I liked the composition — but your comment is a truth of its beauty. I’m just so pleased to see that someone else likes it enough to present it as you have. Do you own a print? What do you know about it? It’s no longer on the Ren Brown website. Anyway, thank you for making my mind/heart leap. I just visited it in my hallway. I’ve marked your site to return to, although I probably won’t comment again. Thank you for the moment.

  2. Hi Barbara,

    Thanks so much for your comment! (And sorry for not replying sooner; weekends usually find me assiduously trying not to spend too much time online!) I envy that you have this print and that you were able to purchase it from his studio; I don’t have it, and of course I covet it, like many Saitos! I only own one — I think it’s called Competition for a Charm — but I’ve never seen it online in any of the galleries. It is of two identical roosters that overlap, and perhaps I’ll post a photo. 🙂 My mother claims she saw it going at Sotheby’s for a ridiculous amount of money. But that’s all I know about it.

    My grandparents were in Japan in the 50s, which is when they acquired it. I love sosaku hanga prints, my mother has slowly been giving me all the prints she has. My grandparents were apparently partial to Junichiro Sekino; I currently have 4 of his prints, and I believe my mother still has another 2 or 3.

    Except for the prints that I’ve inherited, my collection is really quite modest. There are a lot of wonderful artists –including contemporary woodblockers — whose beautiful pieces are available for very reasonable prices. It is those I actively collect.

    Thanks for stopping by, and please do comment again!

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