Seiichiro Konishi – Pontochō Through Street

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An early morning view of Pontochō alleyway connecting Shijo and Sanjo streets in Kyoto, famous for its shops and restaurants. The street is empty except for a lone geisha.

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Description

An early morning view of Pontochō alleyway connecting Shijo and Sanjo streets in Kyoto, famous for its shops and restaurants. The street is empty except for a lone geisha.

The Composition

This woodblock print turns a common scene, glancing down an alleyway between shops, into a moment of intrigue for the viewer. Thicker lines, flat color panels and patterned treatments create the tapestry of the market. And yet our eye is drawn down the off-centered alleyway where, among the lines and color panels and patterns we can make out a solitary woman.

The Woodblock Print

Konishi created three(?) editions of this print as shown below. The print on the right is noted as a a “private printing” (shikaban) of 200 imressions and two other editions of this print, similar to the image on the left below, carries the suffix II after its title and was issued in an edition of 500 prints. Konishi has used different artist seals in the prints’ lower right corners.

Pontocho comparison

Comparison between editions of the print

The print is in immaculate condition behind possibly its original frame. Strong lines, color level matched against comparable prints of the same edition (see image of others). No signs of acid damage or fading. Mounted to heavy acid-free backing (seems to be typical for this artist).

The Artist

Seiichiro Konishi is a Japanese woodblock artist working in the “sosaku hanga” style. Konishi taught himself each aspect of woodblock printing while he formally studied oil painting and design under Kahei Igaki. In 1950, he exhibited his sosaku hanga works in Kyoto, after which he exhibited his work with Banga-in from 1954 on. Konishi participated in many solo and group shows throughout his career, including Shin Seisaku Kyokai, and Dokuritsu Bijutsu Kyokai. His works appeared in the 1961 modern Japanese print exhibitions held in Kiev and Moscow. Konishi’s self-carved, self-printed works focus on the traditional architecture, famous sites, and natural beauty of his hometown.

 

Additional information

Artist

Seiichiro Konishi

Condition

(A+) Excellent Condition

Date

1960s-1970s

Edition

Mid Edition

Movement

Sosaku hanga

Size

Chuban (7"x10")

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