Shiro Kasamatsu Woodblock Print Sunset at Minakami Gunma Prefecture, Joshu
Snow is falling from a twilight sky and warmly lit homes are a striking contrast to the snow covered lane leading to a landscape of mountains and pines trees in the background.
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 1956 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 Print Height 36.5 cm and Width 24.5 cm
Approximate Dimensions of Sheet Height 41 cm and Width 27.5 cm
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ARTIST: Shiro Kasamatsu (1898 – 1991)
Shiro Kasamatsu is regarded as one of the top shin-hanga woodblock print artists in Japan. Born in Tokyo, Shiro studied art under Kaburagi Kiyokata at a young age. He created his first woodblock prints for the publisher Watanabe Shozaburo in 1919 and continued to design shin-hanga prints for many years. Shiro became famous for his landscapes and scenes of traditional Japanese life and created over hundred woodblock designs for the publisher Unsodo. In the late 1950s he started creating, carving and printing sosaku hanga or creative prints.