Itako The Lakeside Village By Shiro Kasamatsu
In his depiction of Itako the Lakeside Village, Shiro Kasamatsu has defined an image that typifies life along the many canal villages in Japan. A woman steers a boat along the lake as the reflection of the reeds and the lush foilage are strikingly captured in the shimmering water.
In excellent condition, never framed and hand printed on washi, traditional Japanese paper with ink bleed through to the reverse.
Signed with the red Shiro Seal as well as the Publisher’s seal (Unsodo) on the lower right of the print. Originally published by Unsodo in 1954 this is a later print from the original woodblocks. The Kento Cut on the bottom right of the print is further authentication as an Unsodo print.
Approximate Dimensions of Image Height 38.5 cm and Width 24.5 cm
Approximate Dimensions of Sheet Height 41 cm and Width 28 cm
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Shiro Kasamatsu (1898 – 1991)
Kasamatsu is one of the most eminent shin-hanga artists in Japan. Shiro studied art under Kaburagi Kiyokata and created his first woodblock prints for the publisher Watanabe Shozaburo in 1919. He designed shin-hanga prints for many years and became famous for his landscapes and scenes of traditional Japanese life. He created over hundred woodblock designs for the publisher Unsodo and in the late 1950s started creating and carving and printing sosaku hanga prints.