Apan Woodblock Prints Konan - Set of Three

Bidding Supports: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (Burlington, VT)

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$75 USD
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Mar 29, 2020 9:00 PM EDT
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Set of three Apan woodblock prints of predominately red flowers.  (shrink wrapped with history card on back).

These exuberant 20th century botanical works were originally created to appeal to westerners and to celebrate the beauty and splendor of all seasons including spring and summer. 

Called Seiyo Soka Zofu, or a Pictorial Book of Western Flowers they were printed on rice paper in a chuban size format (approximately 10.75”x7.25” for a single page; 10.75” x 14.5” per double page) and heavily influenced by France's impressionist school. Konan's wood block prints reflect the abundance and nuances of light, shade, and western perspective. His works are considered part of the Shin Hanga or "new prints" movement. These vintage prints were rescued from a rare original book.

Each woodblock print was folded and inserted accordion style so you may notice normal and original almost imperceptible fold lines mid section as well as toned areas from appropriate age.  

The publication of these prints in 1917 was a very interesting time in Japanese print making, when the old traditional ways of wood block printing were giving way to new western print making technologies such as lithography and photo mechanical printing. Artists and printers in Japan were losing their living and decided to pursue Western markets by reformulating their compositions.

Heavily influenced by the Impressionist movement in France, they incorporated light and shade into their art along with Western concepts of perspective. Quality: These works of art possess excellent color with sharp outlines. They are particularly lush and feature some of the very best international flowers- tulips, lilies, daffodils, roses, iris and more. 


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Item to be picked up in Burlington, Vermont by the winner.

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Item may be viewed at the Flynn Center’s administrative offices.  Please call Michele 652-4502 at to set up a mutually convenient time.