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Self-Portrait by Clifton Karhu

$4,000

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Self-portrait woodblock print entitled "Karhu" by legendary American woodblock artist Clifton Karhu (1927 - 2007) Fully signed, number 4/100, and dated 1980. The only other example of this self-portrait that we could find is in the permanent collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Clifton Karhu was born in 1927 in Duluth, Minnesota. He was considered by many to the most important western traditional Japanese woodblock artist living in Japan. He studied color with Stanton McDonald Wright. Karhu’s woodblock Prints are closely related to the woodblock prints of the past. However, Karhu, not only designed his prints, but mastered the meticulous cutting and printing process which the Ukiyo-e masters left to their assistants. The art of traditional Japanese woodblock prints seems to have a magic force of attraction to Western artists. Clifton Karhu became one of the most successful contemporary Western artists working in Japanese woodblock style. Karhu lived permanently in Kyoto, Japan, where he was the head of the Kyoto branch of the renowned Japan Print Society. But he discontinued this post in some protest against the central organization in Tokyo, which in his view did not give the Kyoto artists the weight they should have. Clifton Karhu was born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1927. From 1946 to 1948 he was stationed in Sasebo, an American navy base in Japan - located between Nagasaki and Fukuoka. Back in the USA, Clifton studied at the Minneapolis Art School from 1950 to 1952. In 1952 Karhu returned to Japan - this time not as a soldier, but as a missionary of the Lutheran Church. He made extensive travels through Japan - Kyoto, Shiga and Hiroshima prefecture - selling Bibles door-to-door. After a while he became disillusioned and in 1958 he resigned as a missionary and returned to arts. Karhu settled in Gifu prefecture. He made oil paintings and watercolors and attracted some attention with local art exhibitions. By and by his reputation grew. In 1961 he won the first prize of Chubu Taiheijo Bijutsu Kyokai Ten (The Middle Pacific Artgroup Exhibition). The same year he had his first single exhibition in the Shin Gifu Gallery in Gifu prefecture. In 1963 Karhu moved to Kyoto. The old residence of the Japanese Emperor is a kind of Japanese Mecca for the arts. Here in Kyoto Clifton got interested in woodblock prints. One year later he had his first woodblocks exhibited in the Yamada Gallery. This has marked the beginning of a successful career as a woodblock print artist. Numerous exhibitions followed in Japan, the U.S.A. and in Europe. Karhu mostly carved and printed himself. His subjects are typical Japanese scenes - often old Japanese houses or details taken from these. The source of his inspiration was the old town of Kyoto. Collections: Museum of Fine Arts Boston Cincinnati Art Museum Minnesota Museum of Art Kunst Museum Salzburg, Austria Fogg Museum, Boston National Gallery of Australia, Canberra American Chamber of Commerce Harvard University Japan Culture Institute.

Details

  • Creator
    Clifton Karhu (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 20.69 in. (52.56 cm)Width: 14.63 in. (37.17 cm)Depth: 1 in. (2.54 cm)
  • Style
    Japonisme (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1980
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Providence, RI
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU94308164443

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