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Vintage Signed 1971 Japanese Woodblock Art Print by Yoshitoshi Mori

  • $ 95000

Original vintage woodblock print by Yoshitoshi Mori (1898 - 1992). This print depicts a Samurai warrior with the head of an opponent after a battle. The strong earthy colors and contorted position of the main character is typical of Moris style. Made in a very small number of 50 this piece is number 32 of the series, marked with the artists chopmark, signed and dated in pencil for 1971.

Mori was a Japanese artist who specialized in kappazuri stencil prints. He was for many years a member of the mingei folk craft movement, and was close with Yanagi Sōetsu, founder of the movement. Yoshitoshi is said to have influenced several major 20th century print artists especially in Japan. His colorful works generally depict scenes from the kabuki theatre, or subjects related to folk traditions and festivals. He is known for using earthy colors in his work, and for often positioning his figures in a somewhat contorted and dynamic mass.

Mori's prints depict the past world of Tokyo's plebeian lowlands (Shitamachi) with its festivals, craftsmen and women of the demimonde. The mainstay of his great talent lies in his ability to not merely capture detail, but to boldly evoke emotions through his highly stylized designs. Mori exhibited his works in numerous one-man shows in Japan in the 1960s and took part in 30 international exhibitions between 1957 and 1977.

Marked on the back: Artists chopmark Yoshitoshi Mori 1971 32/50

A great addition to your vintage home decor, retro art or Japanese collection.


The woodblock measures 26.5"long by 21" wide by 2" deep and weighs 7lbs.


In good condition with no tears or stains (please see all pictures as they form part of the condition description).


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