Shiro Kasamatsu Woodblock Tsurugaoka Kamakura
Shiro Kasamatsu’s Tsurugaoka depicts Devotees visting the Hachiman Shrine in Kamakura. Tsurugaoka is an 800 year old shrine and was a dedication to Hachiman the patron god of Samurai.
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 cm
Approximate Dimensions of Sheet Height 42 cm and Width 28 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.