Helen Frankenthaler - Evening & Day Editions New York Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    "The wood-carver can fashion whatever he will. Yet his products are but toys of the moment, to be glanced at in jest, not fashioned according to any precept or law. When times change, the carver too will change his style and make new trifles to hit the fancy of the passing day. But there is another kind of artist, who sets more soberly about his work, striving to give real beauty to the things which men actually use and to give to them the shape which tradition has ordained. This maker of real things must not for a moment be confused with the maker of idle toys."
    ― Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji, 11th c.

Property from a Private Collection, St. Louis


Tales of Genji V, from Tales of Genji

Ukiyo-e woodcut in 49 colors from 21 woodblocks, with pochoir, on TGL handmade paper, the full sheet,
S. 42 1/4 x 47 in. (107.3 x 119.4 cm)
signed and numbered 2/36 in pencil (there were also 14 artist's proofs), published by Tyler Graphics, Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York (with their blindstamp), framed.

$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $40,000

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Evening & Day Editions

New York Auctions 21 April 2015