Kazue: Nichiren Ryûkô-TempleKazue: Nichiren Ryûkô-Temple
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Yamagishi Kazue (1883-1966)

An evening view of the main hall (hondô) of the Ryûkôji temple in Kanagawa, which is one of the main temples of Nichiren buddhism.

Title: Nichiren Ryûkôji (Nichiren Ryûkôji temple)

Series: Nihon hyakkei (One Hundred Views of Japan)

Signature: Kazue

Seals: Ka, Zue

Date: 1929

Size: Horizontal, 28,6 x 37,7 cm (image size)

Excellent impression and colours. Full margins. Minimal creasing, else excellent condition. Thick paper with the artist’s own watermark “Yamagishi Kazue“.
Besides his artistic training, Yamagishi Kazue had learned the art of woodblock carving from scratch; he worked as an excellent and much sought-after carver for other artists, such as Yokoyama Taikan, Takehisa Yumeiji, Yoshida Hiroshi, Ishikawa Toraji and others. His beautiful, self-cut and self-printed own works are rather rare to find.

Helen Merritt, Nanako Yamada, Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975, pp. 168f, 262 (life data incorrect).