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    Posted 7 years ago

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    I think this is a vintage Japanese wood block print. The colors are bright and vibrant. I think the characters are Japanese thinking artist signature? Any information would be most welcomed. Thanks much.

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    1. Celiene Celiene, 7 years ago
      This is a great resource! You upload a picture of your print, and it searches an image database and bring up any alike images with information on who printed etc.. It TOTALLY works! You have to sign up on the website, but it's totally free. It's a GREAT resource I have used several times. Sign up for access tot he full archive. Dieter can help you - he's the webmaster. It's kind of a confusing site.

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    2. lambertkh lambertkh, 7 years ago
      Thanks for the information will certainly give it a try. Happy New Year to you.
    3. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      lovely art work and colors and Happy New Years!!
    4. MyFavoriteTreasures MyFavoriteTreasures, 7 years ago
      Celiene, this website you reference, is it strictly for Asian/Japanese prints? Is there such a website for all art (American, European, etc.)?
    5. LovelyPat LovelyPat, 7 years ago
      The colors are so vibrant and I love the busy scene !
    6. hegmax, 6 years ago
      Hi, I think this is by Hiroshige, the first character of his signature has a distinctive 'i'. There were actually a few artists who took that name but think this is Ando, he is my favourite ukiyo-e artist. I love the way he drew people but also his perspective and scenery combined with colour. His work dates from mid1800's but your print is probably a much later reprint looking at the good condition. The other characters in yellow box and stamps on bottom are publishers seals from memory so you can usually date from that. There are some good Hiroshige books around and lots of resources on internet including this great one . Hiroshige was very popular in his day and was very influential on Western art too, Impressionist painters like Van Gogh collected his prints and they were popular in Paris too.
      Actually while typing this Ive just come across your exact print, it's called 'Cherry trees in bloom along the embankment of the Tamba river' and it is part of a very famous series of prints by Hiroshige called 'One Hundred Famous Views of Edo', if you like this you will love this series, its spectacular. Your print is number 42 n the series, you can find it here...
    7. lambertkh lambertkh, 6 years ago
      Wow Hegmax so much great information. I can't thank you enough for all of it. Appreciate your obvious expertise in the area. Really.
    8. Jean123, 6 years ago
      The colors are just gorgeous --
      earth mounds swell with rain/sky blue made gentle with pink/blossoms in each tree
    9. Jean123, 6 years ago
      In Washington, DC, where I grew up, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is held every year and the big question on everyone's mind (other than all the usual DC questions!) is whether the Blossoms will be on the trees in time for the festival. One wind can blow them all away. But when they are out, they are an exquisite sight to behold.
      The festival, which started in 1935, commemorates the gift in 1912 of Japanese cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo City to the city of Washington. Mayor Ozaki donated the trees in an effort to enhance the growing friendship between the United States and Japan and also celebrate the continued close relationship between the two nations.
      These were not the first cherry trees Japan sent to DC as a gift. On August 30, 1909, the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C., informed the U.S. Department of State that the city of Tokyo intended to donate 2000 cherry trees to the United States to be planted along the Potomac. These trees arrived in Washington, D.C., on January 6, 1910. However, the trees were found to be infested with insects and nematodes, and had to be destroyed to protect local growers. President Taft gave the order to burn the trees on January 28. Secretary of State Philander C. Knox wrote a letter expressing the regret of all involved to the Japanese Ambassador. Takamine responded to the news with another donation for more trees, 3020 in all, of a lineage taken from a famous group of trees along the Arakawa River in Tokyo and grafted onto stock from Itami, Hyogo Prefecture. On February 14, 1912, 3020 cherry trees of twelve cultivars were shipped on board the Awa Maru and arrived in D.C. via rail car from Seattle on March 26. These trees were planted along the Tidal Basin.

      In 1952, Japan requested help restoring the cherry tree grove at Adachi, Tokyo along the Arakawa River, which was the parent stock of the D.C. trees but had diminished during the war. In response, the National Park Service sent budwood back to Tokyo.

    10. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Sakura! Name for japanese celebration of cherry blossom :-)
    11. lambertkh lambertkh, 6 years ago
      Thanks to everyone for all the commentary. Do appreciate your input. Happy Sunday.
    12. Celiene Celiene, 6 years ago
      MyFavoriteTreasures, it's only for Japanese prints. It would be nice if there were one for American / European prints. I'm not aware of one.

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