Image: 31.8 x 22.1 cm (12 1/2 x 8 11/16 in.); Sheet: 45 x 33.6 cm (17 11/16 x 13 1/4 in.)
© The Estate of Shiko Munakata, Reproduced by permission
Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1959.8
Munakata did not make detailed designs for his prints, preferring instead to develop the composition on the block itself, aided by a rough sketch (see drawing for Fish and Flower and Female Buddha [1959.9]). He identified with the woodblock itself and said, "If there is anything here [in my print] that is inferior to an uncarved block, then I have not created my print. I have lost to the board." Fish and Flower and Female Buddha was commissioned by the Print Club of Cleveland as its 1959 presentation print.
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