I like a lot of Hiratsuka’s work, but I particularly like the architectural pieces. We’ll start with a traditional Japanese scene, with traditional Japanese architecture and lots of detail. I love the geometry of the building contrasted with the freer carving of the natural features. Then for variety I’ve also got one of Hiratsuka’s American scenes, with an interesting composition. I absolutely love this one, with its combination of architectural geometry and organic branches, and its hand-carved roughness creating fine details.
[Pictures: Early Summer in Ginkuji, wood block print by Un-ichi Hiratsuka, 1950 (Image from Invaluable);
Georgetown University Clock Tower, wood block print by Hiratsuka, 1967 (Image from Georgetown University Library);
Plum, wood block print by Hiratsuka, 1930 (Image from Wikiart);
Butterfly and Jointweed, wood block print by Hiratsuka, 1966 (Image from UnichiHiratsuka.com).]
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