Takeji Asano Woodblock Drizzling Rain In Ukimido
A shin-hanga print by Asano titled “Drizzling Rain In Ukimido”.
Asano has portrayed a different perspective of the famous Ukimido or Floating Temple on Lake Biwa. A woman under a colour umbrella makes her way along the banks of the river next to the famous temple. Asano has skillfully created the image to emphasise the drizzling rain falling from the sky.
Originally printed in 1950 this later edition bears the Japanese title on the left margin and the English title on the bottom. The Publishers seal of Unsodo is also in the left margin.
The print size is Large Oban and the approximate Sheet Dimensions are 41 cm x 28 cm and print dimensions are 36.5 cm x 24 cm. The print is in excellent condition and has not been used or hung.
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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”.