Munakata Shikō, 'Kanaya' (Kanaya), a woodblock print
Shōwa era, AD 1964 (5/10)
From the series 'Munakata's Prints of the Tōkaidō Highway' (Tōkaidō Munakata Hanga)
Ever since the great series of views along the
'Fifty-five Stations along the
Munakata experimented with various methods of colouring his prints. One way was to paint them on the back, so that the pigments showed through with a strangely intense glow. Here he applied the colours directly from the front, so strictly this is a cross between a print and a painting.
L. Smith, and V. Harris, Modern Japanese prints, 1912-1 (London, The British Museum Press, 1994)
T. Clark, 100 views of Mount Fuji (London, The British Museum Press, 2001)