Yamaguchi Gen: Zojoji Temple in Shiba 芝増上寺

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Artist: Yamaguchi Gen (1896-1976)
Title: Zojoji Temple in Shiba 芝増上寺 
Date: ca 1945

This view of the brilliant red main gate, Sangedatsumon, of Zojoji Temple is framed by two large conifers. Constructed in 1622, it is the oldest wooden building in Tokyo and the temple’s only original structure to survive WWII. This work is part of a portfolio of 15 prints that were published by the Japanese Print Association as a reminder of what was lost during the war, done by a number of prominent sosaku hanga artists. This work has been lightly hinged to a lovely green mat, which is included. Sealed: Gen.

Series: 東京回顧圖會 Scenes of Lost Tokyo
Condition: Very good impression and color. Good condition. Foxing to margins and verso due to original mount. Some ink smudges in margin from the time of printing.
Dimensions: 19.8 x 27.2 cm
Publisher: Fugaku Shuppansha 富岳出版社, Tokyo, Uemura Masurō 上村益郎 publisher
Literature: This work is in the following collections: Los Angeles County Museum of Art M. M.81.267.28; Carnegie Museum of Art 89.28.709.15; Mead Art Museum at Amherst College AC 2008.63.9; Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery S1995.118.1; Portland Art Museum 1996.31.2i