Takeji Asano Woodblock Bamboo Grove Of Saga
A farmer carrying a hoe over his shoulder walks through a grove of bamboo. A clever depiction of light and colour with tall bamboo stalks casting shadows across his path in contrast to the orange lilies framing the foreground. A beautifully defined shin-hanga print with fine contrast and gauffrage.
Originally printed in 1952 this later edition is printed from the original woodblocks. Asano’s signature is in black on the lower corner of the print. The publishers Seal of Unsodo and the Japanese title is on the left margin and the English title on the bottom. The Kento Cut on the bottom right of the print is further authentication as an Unsodo print.
The print size is Large Oban and the approximate Sheet Dimensions are 41 cm height and 28 cm width. Approximate dimensions of the print are 36.5 cm height and 24 cm width. It is in excellent condition and has never been framed or used.
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Takeji Asano 1900 – 1999
In 1919 Asano graduated from Kyoto School of Fine Arts and Crafts as well as the Kyoto Specialist School of Painting in 1923. Tsuchida Bakusen Artist and Printmaker was also one of his early teachers. Asano also designed landscape woodblock prints for Unsodo publishing house.
Asano and other artists such as Asada and Tokuriki contributed several designs to a series of prints in 1930. The series was titled “Creative Prints of Twelve Months in new Kyoto”.
In 1947 Asano also designed and carved a series of landscape prints titled “Noted Views in the Kyoto-Osaka Area”.