Bamboo Forest, Left – Kotozuka, Eiichi

Bamboo Forest, Left – Kotozuka, Eiichi

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This woodblock print depicts a bamboo forest in sumi-e style. Bamboo shown in sumi ink is called “Bokuchiku” in “Bunjin-ga” (literally painting). The work depicts naturalistic views of bamboo forests.  The artist illustrates the graceful but strong nature of these trees as they bend but do not break.  Bamboo is a motif used in Japanese culture to represent resilience.

The lower right corner of the print shows a kendo cut used by the printer to align the print.  It is part of the print-making process, not a flaw.  Stamped in-plate to the lower right of the print is the artist’s “Koto” seal and an Uchida publisher’s seal.  There is a companion print by the same artist entitled “Bamboo in the Wind.”

Additional information

Condition

Date of Creation

Dimensions

10.5"x15.8" with margins

Medium

Publisher

Uchida

Signature

Artist's seal (Koto)

Reference

artelino 27493

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