NEW YORK – Jasper52 will present an outstanding collection of 19th-20th century Japanese woodblock prints at an online-only auction on Sunday, Nov. 20. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.com.
With this array of 19th-20th century woodblock prints, discover how Japanese print makers impacted the development of modern art. Featuring names like Hiroshige and Yoshida, this sale reveals nuanced techniques and traditional Japanese values. Whether capturing the serenity of a temple or a moonlit ocean, these images exemplify both fine art and elegant decoration.
The auction will open with a print titled Two Herons and Reeds in Marsh (above), a 1936 work by Takahashi Shotei (1871-1945), who produced many landscapes in the Edo-era style.
Also by Takahashi Shotei is his woodblock print titled Insect Seller in Summer Evening. The 15-by-6 3/4-inch print (below) from the 1930s is estimated at $500-$600.
One of the earliest lots in the auction is a circa 1804 woodblock print album from the Edo period by Katsushika Hokusai. His ‘Pictures of Sumida River Series’ consists of 13 woodblock prints (below).
Another 19th century woodblock print in the auction is by Utagawa Hirokage titled Catching Fireflies (below). Active from about 1855 to 1865, he was best known for his humorous prints that featured pratfalls and accidents.
Two mid-20th century woodblock prints are featured in the auction. The first is by Shiuro Kasamatsu titled Spring Evening at Tokyo Ueno Park, circa 1948. The work (below) measures 15 1/2 by 10 7/8 inches.
The second is Autumn in Funatsu by Hasui Kawase, published by Watanabe in 1953. This print (below) measures 15 1/2 by 10 1/2 inches.
As in all Jasper52 auctions, bidding starts at $1.