Sekino Jun’ichirō (1914-1988)
Kameyama: Samurai Mansion, No. 47 from the series, Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō Road (Tōkaidō gojūsan tsugi no uchi), 1964
Color woodblock print
16 7/8 x 21 1/2 inches (42.9 x 54.6 cm)
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Bequest of
Warren H. and Mary I. Watanabe, 2001
One of the leaders of the Sōsaku hanga, or Creative Print movement, Sekino preferred abstract components that exploited the special possibilities inherent in wood. This print is the forty-seventh composition in the series, Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō Road, and served as an homage to the subject’s previous treatment by such Edo-period masters as Hokusai and Hiroshige (also exhibited in this gallery). Here, Sekino uses sharp, clean lines and simplified forms to modernize his subject matter.