Brush-Colored Sketch Collection "Butterfly and Seashell"
In 1934, Kotaro Migishi published limited 100 books of his 10 sketches that have the motifs of butterflies and seashells. They were printed by relief printing in Japanese ink, and then colored with brushes by hand. This publish was also to raise funds for his new atelier. He asked a friend of him, Iwao Yamawaki who was an architect, to design the atelier. The book includes 10 pieces: "Moth," "Melancholy on Journey," "Venus and Butterfly," "Seashells," "Moth Above the Clouds," "Butterfly Crossing the Ocean," "Ocean and Sunlight," "Himalayan Cedar and Butterfly," "Butterfly and Moth," "Flower and Butterfly." They are related to his poem, "Butterfly and Seashell (visual poetry)" released in the same year, and also related to a series of his oil paintings on the same theme. The binding and design of the books reflected Migishi's preferences and the spring binding used for them was novel in those days. The colors of each sketch were painted one by one, by hand of Migishi and his wife, Setsuko. That is why the pieces of each book have interesting subtle differences of taste. The Kotaro Migishi Museum owns 3 books: one with the limited issue number 0065 and unbound two whose numbers are unknown.
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