Please ask about our current collection of fine Japanese woodblock prints available to preview in person or via video conference by appointment only. Over the past decade, the hammer price commanded by acclaimed impressionists & modern painters(Picasso, Modigliani, Van Gogh, Warhol, etc.), has gone stratospheric with works blowing past the nine-figure mark. Many of those impressionists were inspired by the unorthodox viewpoints, compositions of common objects & scenes depicting everyday life prevalent in ukiyo-e. Degas is credited to be one of the ukiyo-e's earliest collectors, while Van Gogh was a failed ukiyo-e dealer, instead, he used the prints he couldn't sell as wallpaper. After staring at the Japanese prints surrounding him, he drew a great amount of inspiration from the unique styling of the Edo ukiyo-e artists. After Van Gogh tragically died, Degas became obsessed with collecting Van Gogh's work. As fate would have it, Van Gogh's brother was one of Degas's earliest art patrons and sold Degas's work in his gallery. Degas was just beginning to become famous right before Van Gogh killed himself. Ironically Van Gogh's genius came to light not long after he died. If we are to speculate, it is entirely likely that Degas, upon hearing of Van Gogh's death, went to Van Gogh's apartment and discovered two things, the collection of Japanese prints he left behind, and Van Gogh's own work.
The story of Edo Gallery starts over forty-five years ago, with a piece of wood placed over the bathtub at the original location of Ronin gallery. It was here that Geoffrey made handmade picture frames in typical Japanese fashion where corners were slotted and connected without using nails or screws. It would be years later when my father brought my mother, Holden (an infant at the time), and me, to a Japanese couple's house which served as their studio for restoring old oil paintings. The woman who ran the studio, Mari, also restored Ukiyo-e as a sort of hobby to get away from more serious oil painting work. The sight of us, baby Holden in the arms of our mother, and I, most likely holding my father's hand, was most likely the deciding factor in her acceptance to take on my mother as her student. Over the next six months, my father and I walked to what seemed at the time every corner of Tokyo, visiting different Japanese art galleries(which I have no recollection of), as well as every Japanese arcade we came across (which is the part I remember). After only six months of training in traditional Japanese restoration techniques, Shirley unofficially became a Japanese print conservationist. As Legend has it there is only one genius restorer who rivals Shirley in her tradecraft, however, a certain someone gave him one too many boring prints so if it's not a Great Wave, Red Fuji or Sharaku only wants to restore Great Waves and Red Fujis in his retirement.
Fast forward to the present day there is now a new member of the family (my 18-month-old daughter) and Geoffrey Oliver (who was the only representation of our business run in the magazine Impression) has now become Edo gallery.
We have examples from every period of printmaking; early primitives, Ukiyo-e, Meiji period prints, Shin hanga & Sosaku hanga, as well as more modern examples from other East Asian artist. With over forty-five years and counting dealing in the floating world.
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We encourage you to contact the gallery for any inquiries you may have especially if you are about to make a purchase. just call us and we will attempt to please you
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We are dealers of authentic fine Japanese woodblock prints: ukiyo-e, shin hanga, and sosaku hanga prints. All of the prints listed on our website, e-Bay, and Instagram accounts are owned by the gallery and available for sale.
We have a large collection of prints not offered on our website. Please let us know if you have specific requests for artists or works and we will be happy to accommodate you.
Prints may be purchased directly from our website or arranged by telephone and email. Payment is accepted by most major credit cards, Paypal, check, wire transfer, or other electronic forms of payment if prearranged (may include additional fees depending on service).
We ship our prints in handmade Japanese hosho paper for the archival storage of your prints. We are strong supporters of recycling and pack our prints in double thick recycled cardboard to ensure your prints arrive safely.
Shipping charges are as follow: Domestic (USA) $12.00 (oban size), International $26.00. For oversized or express shipping special pricing will be applied.
Returns are accepted 14 days after receipt.
We unconditionally guarantee the authenticity of all our Japanese woodblock prints. If you have received a print sold by us and it is found to be unauthentic (reproduction, reprints) we will offer a full refund for the cost + shipping of the print.