Paul Binnie, Mountain Temple in Yamagata Prefecture

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Paul Binnie (1967 -)
Title: Mountain Temple in Yamagata Prefecture
Edition: 38/100
Series: Famous Views of Japan
Date: 2005
Size: 42.6 × 29.2 cm
Condition: A very light stain and crease on the right-hand side margin.


After a visit to the famous Mountain Temple in Yamagata, built on a precipice over the valley below and with stone steps carved from solid rock, Binnie's design for this site seems to remind us not only of Shin Hanga, but also of Hiroshige's landscapes. In this new edition of a 1996 design, Binnie decided to redo the design and the key block was recut, as well as a new set of colour blocks.


Seamlessly blending traditional methods with modern style, Scottish-born Paul Binnie works under the influence of the Shin Hanga movement founded by the publisher Shozaburo Watanabe (1885-1962). Shozaburo aimed to renew a declining ukiyo-e tradition and break into foreign markets by commissioning new, young artists who would work within the old co-operated system, composed of the publisher, artist, engraver and printers. However, Binnie conducts the whole printmaking process himself, as was done by artists of another post-war movement, Sosaku Hanga.

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Print Format Oban (Vertical)
Artist Name Paul Binnie
Title Mountain Temple in Yamagata Prefecture
Subject Landscapes, Contemporary
Dimensions 42.6 × 29.2 cm
Publisher Self Published