by Donald Wood, PhD, Senior Curator and the Virginia and William M. Spencer Curator of Asian Art
Fifteen Japanese prints are a recent gift to the Museum from the estate of Larry D. Luke of Huntsville. The prints are from the 1940s-1960s and represent the work of the finest woodblock print artists active in Japan at the time. This is a treasure trove for our collection that includes work by artists of the Shin Hanga, or New Print movement such as Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) and Toshi Yoshida (1911-1995), and artists of the Sosaku Hanga, or Creative Print movement such as Kiyoshi Saito (1907-1997) and Sekino Jun’ichiro (1914-1988). Be sure to look for these prints in the Recent Acquisitions display in the second floor hallway and in the Japanese galleries in the months to come.
Jacko-in Kyoto, 1963, Kiyoshi Saito (1907-1997), Japanese, Showa period (1926-1989), ink and color on paper, woodblock print, Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; gift of the estate of Larry D. Luke