Original woodblock print by Shiro Kasamatsu (1898 - 1991) - published by Unsodo - Sunset at Minakami, Gunma, Joshu - Heisei period (1989-present)
Shiro studied art under Kaburagi Kiyokata and made his first woodblock print designs for Watanabe Shozaburo in 1919. Shiro designed shin-hanga prints for Watanabe for a long period of time, and became famous for his romantic landscapes and images of traditional Japanese life. Between 1952 and 1960 he also created over 100 woodblock print designs for the Kyoto publisher Unsodo. Shiro is generally regarded as one of the top-notch shin-hanga woodblock print artists in Japan.
Comments - Beautiful winter scene of a village street in Minakami, the snow falls steadily from the grey sky as the evening sets in. The road curves to the left, while a warm yellow glow emanates from the illuminated windows of the houses on the left side. Steep mountains covered in pine trees fill the background. A beautiful, tranquil, suggestive image.
There is a small notch at the bottom right corner (outside of the woodblock print). This is the so-called 'Kento', a characteristic placement by the publisher Unsodo. Kento is the registration system that is traditionally used by Japanese makers of woodblock prints to ensure that the different colours are well aligned (each colour is applied separately through a separate woodblock).
Signed - Shiro, bottom left in Japanese in the art print with red artists stamp and in English with stamp in the margin.
Published - Unsodo, publisher's seal in the left margin.
First edition in 1958. This is a later edition, printed with the original woodblocks.
Dimensions of the entire paper: 41 x 28 cm
Dimensions of the image: 36.5 x 24 cm
The woodblock print is in excellent condition. Please view the photos for details.
The woodblock print will be shipped by registered post, in sturdy cardboard packaging.
- Original woodblock print
- Heisei period (1989-present)
- Region/ Country of origin
- Artist/ Maker
- Shiro Kasamatsu (1898-1991)
- Title of artwork
- Gepubliceerd door Unsodo - Sunset at Minakami, Gunma, Joshu
- Very good condition, see description
- 0×28×41 cm