Exhibition of 20th century Japanese prints

Exhibition of 20th century Japanese prints

London antiquarian book and print seller Henry Sotheran is holding an exhibition of 20th century Japanese artworks featuring genres including woodblock prints of botanicals and landscapes, watercolour scrolls and manga

By Abby Trow
Castle and Cherry Blossoms by Yuhan Ito (1882-1951)

A classic depiction of Japan, Castle and Cherry Blossoms by Yuhan Ito (1882-1951), original woodblock print, c.1930. 24x36cms, £1,080. The exhibition at Henry Sotheran, just off Piccadilly in central London, runs from 10 April to 1 May


In the 20th century, printmaking in Japan became not just a way of producing popular images but a fine art form. This extensive exhibition at Henry Sotheran features a range of works including original watercolour scrolls, Studio Ghibli storyboards, traditional woodblock prints of botanicals and landscapes  and hand drawn anime (manga) cels. 

An artist whose work features strongly in the exhibition is Shodo Kawarazaki (1889-1973), whose wonderful botanical woodblock prints range from Lilies to Chrysanthemums and are evocative of the style of flower subjects being produced in Kyoto during his working life.

Other highlights of the exhibition include prints by Hasui Kawase (1883-1957), an artist who was one of the chief printmakers in the shin-hanga ("new prints") movement.
Cherry Blossom and Two Carp, Bakufu Ohno (1888-1976), original woodblock print, 1950. 26.5x38cms, £720
Chikugo River by Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950), original woodblock print, 1927, £2,650
Orchid, Shodo Kawarazaki (1889-1973), original woodblock print, 24x36cms, £180
Teru Kuzuhara's Tulip, original woodblock print, 36x23cms, £180
Beauty with a Mirror by Ichiro Tsuruta (b 1954), original offset lithograph, 74.5x54.4cms, 1999, £3,045
Interior of Asakusa Temple by Eisho Narazaki (1864-1936), woodblock print c1950, 24x35cms, £500
Henry Sotheran is also pleased to offer for sale a superb collection of watercolours on silk scrolls by artists such as Chikuha Otake (1878-1936) and Shunbi Noguchi (1880-1946,) with some available in their original hand-painted presentation boxes.
and for manga fans..Red Shadow:The Masked Ninja by Hiroyuki Nakano, 18.5x25cms, original Anime production cel as broadcast 1987-88, £80
Two Egrets in Rain, woodblock print 1926, by Koson Ohara (1877-1945). 23.5x35cms. £1,440

Even if you know nothing about Japanese art, you'll find these works fascinating, as they offer a window on Japanese life and culture. And the exhibition gives you the chance to start collecting interesting pieces of art at affordable prices, since prints start at just £20.

Henry Sotherans is at 2-5 Sackville Street, London W1S 3DP from 10 April to 1 May.

Exhibition is open from 9.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday and from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays. 

Admission free.