Insights

Articles and resources covering topics ranging from print authentication & valuation, to specific insights on artists, as well as trends in the marketplace.
 

The artistic themes of Haku Maki in images

by: Chris Koller

For collectors, Haku Maki's images are quickly identifiable when you see a beautiful piece of textured calligraphy, or an almost aboriginal looking linear story, but there are a broader set of themes which Haku Maki explored in his art work. The visual overview in this blog explores these themes and his inspirations.

Themes: The Moon Through the Eras

by: Chris Koller

The moon has been a significant character throughout Japanese history dating back to as early as the Asuka period when Buddhist inspired art began to feature the sun and moon together as a popular theme. The moon not only represented a strong harvest, but also provided a form of personal enlightenment, solitude and appreciation of beauty. As the popularity of ukiyo-e grew during the Edo period, the artistic interpretation of the moon became easily accessible to regular citizens as this artwork was mass produced, and even extended it's influence into Western artists including Van Gogh and Monet. In this post, I have included selections of Japanese art featuring the moon from the Ukiyo-e, Shin Hanga and Sosaku Hanga movements.

Themes: Stone Gardens in Japanese Art

by: Chris Koller

The sight of a stone garden automatically brings to mind memories of my time in Japan. These stone gardens are beautiful temples to simplicity, peace, balance and meditation. A central part to the Japanese meditative experience, you will find stone gardens as a theme in Japanese art work of all eras, but particularly among those artists who participated in the Sosaku Hanga movement. In this post I explore some of my favorite works around this theme and highlight the artists who created them.

Hiroshi Yoshida and the Jizuri seal

by: Chris Koller

Hiroshi Yoshida is one of the most well known of the shin-hanga style artists and his prints are in high demand from customers all around the globe. There are many outlets to buy a Hiroshi Yoshida woodblock ranging from your local gallery, to online auction sites like eBay. With the varying sources to buy a Hiroshi Yoshida print, and the volume of prints available, it's important to educate yourself on how to distinguish a valuable early edition print from the later impressions, reproductions, and posthumous versions of a print. There are a variety of features to look for in a Hiroshi Yoshida print, but what we will focus on here is the jizuri seal.

Valuing a Japanese print 101

by: Chris Koller

A high level discussion on what to evaluate when assessing the value of a Japanese print.

What to consider when authenticating Japanese woodblock prints?

by: Chris Koller

The basic components to consider when authenticating Japanese woodblock prints.

THE KOLLER COLLECTION

Chris Koller spent his childhood in Japan where he had the privilege of experiencing the Japanese culture, and learning the many traditions and customs which have been passed down from generation to generation. As he grew older, his appreciation of the Japanese culture remained close to his heart, and ended up manifesting itself through his collection of Japanese art. Specifically Japanese wood block prints, antique Japanese books, as well as Samurai tools and weaponry. Throughout the years Mr. Koller has collected a variety of art and antiques which are available for viewing online through this website. We have included imagery of the works, along with available background on the art and artist.

The objective of this web site is to serve as a growing art reference source cataloging historical pieces within the collection, as well provide education supporting the art through the "Insights" section of the web site.