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Tomio Kinoshita (1923 - 2014)
Masks (No. 4)
, 1981
Woodblock print
Image size: 22 high by 31 inches wide (56 by 79 cm)
Paper size: 22.75 high by 31.5 inches wide (57.8 by 80 cm)
Signed: in pencil lower right, Tomio Kinoshita
Titled: in pencil at lower left
Edition: 30/50
Condition: Excellent.

The woodblock for this powerful print was carved in 1957, very early in Kinoshita's career. As with many sosaku hanga artists, Kinoshita pulled prints as they were needed, so this one is from 1981, numbered 30/50.

This iconic image can be found in the permanent collections at LACMA, the Cincinnati Art Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Honolulu Art Museum and the Fine Arts Museum San Francisco.

It was included in an exhibition titled Taming the Elements: Contemporary Japanese Prints and Ceramics in 2014 at the Cincinnati Art Museum. It was also illustrated in Japanese Prints: From the Early Masters to the Modern by James A. Michener, 1959, p. 242, pl. 248 and in the 1995 Mie Prefectural Art Museum exhibition catalog, Tomio Kinoshita, plate 9. A copy of the catalog will be included with purchase.



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