BINNIE -- "Himeji Castle (by Moonlight)"

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Artist Paul Binnie (1967-present)
Title "Himeji Castle (by Moonlight)"
("Himeji Jo")
Date February 2004
Limited Edition #xx/100, pencil-signed.
Series "Famous Views of Japan"
("Nihon Meisho Zu-e")
Publisher Self-carved/self-printed.
Seal, Carver/Printer (Paul Binnie)
Image Size 10 1/4 x 14 3/4 ("dai-oban")
Impression Very Fine. Wonderful "bokashi" (gradation of colors) shading; "mica" on the castle's roof; silver metallic pigments on Japanse signature; baren "sujizuri" to clouds; embossed "Binnie" in the lower margin; and extremely detailed carving.
Condition Pristine.
Reference/Illus John Fiorillo's website.
Comments A striking nighttime image of Himeji Castle under a ribbon-thin crescent moon. Required 12 magnolia woodblocks and then around 30 impressions to acheive the subtle tones of the design. See John Fiorillo's webpage on "Paul Binnie" to learn more about this talented Japanese-trained woodblock artist/printmaker.
Item # Available by Order;
(PB-67B #44/100 Sold/CM;
PB-67 Sold)
Price $600
(Regular "dealer's list" is 390--which is approx $625)