Pond of Night by Jun'ichiro Sekino

Pond of Night by Junichiro Sekino

Pond of Night

Jun'ichiro Sekino

Title

Pond of Night

 
Artist
Year
1956  
Technique
color woodcut 
Image Size
17 x 9 1/2" image 
Signature
white ink, lower right image; red seal 
Edition Size
200 (this impression is not numbered) 
Annotations
titled and dated in pencil, right margin; "Japan" stamped in lower left, verso 
Reference
 
Paper
antique-white Kizuki hosho paper. 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
BEHA103 
Price
$800.00 
Description

This beautiful impression, depicting a temple pond in Japan at night, uses mica to create the shimmering water in the pond and the grain of the woodblock to emphasize the ripples of the water. Sekino focuses on edges, the corner of the pond, the edges that define the pond and the gateway to a temple in the background, all creating a quiet intimate composition.

Helen Merritt, in her book 'Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints - The Early Years' notes about Sekino's work:

"Once he acknowledged to himself that he was not at ease with nonobjective prints, he discovered his personal idiom in a simplified representational style...Essentially this is a carefully organized picture plane. Vertical and horizontal elements in the building relate harmoniously to the broad horizontal...with subtle asymmetrical balance...This is a distillation of the geometric and organic shapes that give the Japanese landscape its characteristic flavor."

This impression was purchased from T.Z. Shiota in San Francisco in the late 1950's.