Sep 1, 2005

Fish and Flower and Female Buddha (Sakana, Hana to Butsujo)

Fish and Flower and Female Buddha (Sakana, Hana to Butsujo)


Munakata Shikō

(Japanese, 1903–1975)


Image: 31.8 x 22.1 cm (12 1/2 x 8 11/16 in.); Sheet: 45 x 33.6 cm (17 11/16 x 13 1/4 in.)

Weight: 1

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1959.8



Munakata did not make detailed designs for his prints, preferring instead to develop the composition on the block itself, aided by a rough sketch (see drawing for Fish and Flower and Female Buddha [1959.9]). He identified with the woodblock itself and said, "If there is anything here [in my print] that is inferior to an uncarved block, then I have not created my print. I have lost to the board." Fish and Flower and Female Buddha was commissioned by the Print Club of Cleveland as its 1959 presentation print.

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PR - Woodcut
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