Kamisaka Sekka: Mount Fuji (Sold)

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Artist:  Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942)
Title: Mount Fuji
Series: From the album A World of Things (Momoyogusa)

Date: 1909/1910

Instantly recognizable, the snow-capped peak of Mount Fuji Rises against a gold-yellow backdrop. The intensity of the cropping and the simplicity of the colors (only 2!) make the timeless silhouette stand out even more effectively. The printers have captured the brushstrokes of the artist extremely well. Notice also how the peak of Fuji-san is off center on the page.  Sekka was a towering master of pure, distilled Rimpa design perfection, as evidenced by the avalanche of contemporary products bearing designs from his prints, from socks to mugs to postcards. From the album “A World of Things” (Momoyogusa), considered the pinnacle masterwork of Rimpa school printmaking, and called a “tour de force” in the Sekka catalog of 2004 (page 298). In the same catalog Kurt Gitter MD called Momoyagusa “Among the world masterpieces of twentieth-century woodblock printing”  (page 11 in the 2003 catalog.). The complete set of 3 albums are difficult to find, and even individual designs like this one from the original edition do not come up very often.

Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. With the usual center fold. Creases along rightmost edge. 
Dimensions: 30 x 44.8 cm
Publisher: Unsodo
Literature: See “Kamisaka Sekka: Rimpa Master--Pioneer of Modern Design,” 2003, page 259.