Series; One Hundred Famous Views of Kyoto: Rakunan
Masao Ido - Born in 1945, Masao Ido lived and worked in Kyoto. He studied with Koho and Otsubo Shigechika. He achieved an international reputation as one of Japan's leading contemporary artists, and his works are included in the collections of the Tokyo National Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He was also a recognized teacher, having taught other contemporary masters such as Seiji Sano.
Known for his serene landscape prints of traditional Japanese subjects, Ido found his inspiration in Kyoto and the surrounding countryside. His tranquil images of private gardens, quiet streets, temple gates, and hillside views reflect his interest in nature and the changing seasons. A simplicity of form and a masterful layering of subtle color to achieve a sense of depth and richness distinguish his prints.
Ido's handsome woodblocks are a nice choice for collectors in the contemporary Japanese print market. His death in May of 2016 created a surge of interest in his works among collectors.
One Hundred Famous Views of Kyoto - Handsome view from Masao Ido's series "One Hundred Famous Views of Kyoto." Although Masao Ido is best known for his self-published sosaku hanga designs, this series was published by Kan-ei-do, and includes ten designs for each of ten different areas of the city. Views range from bustling streets to serene temples and shrines throughout the seasons. This design features the Higashiyama district. Nicely composed with lively calligraphic line work, these attractive images offer a vibrant look at modern life in Kyoto.
Artist - Masao Ido (1945 - 2016)
Image Size - 7 5/8" x 12" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. No toning or discoloration of any type. Some prints have very slight rubbing at top corners from original publisher mounting or a couple creases at edges. Please see photos for details. Generally in excellent condition.
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