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Urushibara Woodcut Butterfly grasshopper

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Urushibara Woodcut Butterfly grasshopper

Yoshijiro Urushibara – also known as Mokuchu – trained as woodblock carver and printer in Japan. He came to England in 1908 aged nineteen, and in 1910 demonstrated printing techniques at the Anglo-Japanese Exhibition in London.  He settled in England, occasionally travelling in Europe, until he had to return to Japan in 1940 due to the Second World War.

His talents led to collaborations with other artists. From 1917 he worked with Frank Brangwyn, interpreting Brangwyn’s designs in woodcuts. Independently of his collaborative work, Urushibara is most famous for his striking woodcuts of flowers – which he designed, cut and printed. Their many subtle colours – each printed using a different block – demonstrate significant technical ability.

This woodcut of a Butterfly and Grasshopper is in a matching frame and mount to another Urushibara woodcut of a Lobster we have already listed. It is a good strong image, but it dose have a few foxing spots.

Measurements; Frame = high 48 cm  wide 51cm

Image =  High 28 cm   Wide 33 cm

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Yoshijiro Urushibara – also known as Mokuchu – trained as woodblock carver and printer in Japan. He came to England in 1908 aged nineteen, and in 1910 demonstrated printing techniques at the Anglo-Japanese Exhibition in London.  He settled in England, occasionally travelling in Europe, until he had to return to Japan in 1940 due to the Second World War.

His talents led to collaborations with other artists. From 1917 he worked with Frank Brangwyn, interpreting Brangwyn’s designs in woodcuts. Independently of his collaborative work, Urushibara is most famous for his striking woodcuts of flowers – which he designed, cut and printed. Their many subtle colours – each printed using a different block – demonstrate significant technical ability.