Rescued Art

Woodblock Print by Francois Nakayama: “Cavalier of the Apocalypse”


21″W x 29″H. Pencil-signed, titled and numbered (21/50) woodblock print by famous Japanese artist Francois Nakayama. This is rare and very collectible. Nakayama died in 1979. This piece is pencil-dated 1964 and is printed on his trademark “Francois” embossed paper. (He adopted this first name when studying print making in France.) The only other print of this limited edition that we are aware of hangs in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

At first viewing, this piece struck us as an abstract Japanese calligraphy. And it is indeed, with it controlled chaos of brush strokes and the red circle (Sun from the flag of Japan? A toshidama signature seal from earlier eras of art?) Then, with a second look, the title “Cavalier of the Apocalypse” guided us see a horseman on a rearing steed.

Excellent throughout: refinished frame, new backing paper and hanging hardware.