Joichi Hoshi: Green Field (B) Large
Artist: Joichi Hoshi (1913-1979)
Title: Veldt (B)
Titled “Veldt (B)”. Oversized portrait of a massive red tree against a flaming golden sky. Hoshi manages to capture the details of the twigs and the essence of the whole tree at the same time. Pencil signed with a limited edition number of 15/70. Hoshi ‘s unique woodblock printing technique involved gold and silver leaf, layers of overprinting with oil paint, and burnishing the blocks with a flame. As written by Tetsuro Murobushi in the aforementioned catalog: “The tip of the blowtorch in a white glow licks, scorches and chases here and there the bass-wood plate, already engraved with a knife, leaving long and deep, or sometimes short and shallow traces. As Hoshi said to his observer; ‘Scorching this way makes the carved edges naturally round and brings delicate shades to the prints’. Hoshi’s works are impossible to capture in photographs, as the light will reflect on the metallic layers in a unique way from every angle.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Folds along edges.
Dimensions: 45.3 x 58.4 cm
Publisher: Printed by the artist.
Literature: See “Joichi Hoshi: Catalog of All Tree Woodblock Prints”, figure 269.
Seal: Artist’s seal
Signature: Joichi Hoshi