Shiro - Born in Tokyo, Shiro Kasamatsu began studying art at a young age with the painter Kaburagi Kiyokata. He completed his first woodblock designs for Watanabe Shozaburo in 1919 after the publisher saw his paintings on exhibit. Shiro designed shin-hanga prints for Watanabe for many years, becoming well known for his romantic landscapes of famous landmarks and his scenes of traditional Japanese life. From 1952 to 1960, he created more than one hundred woodblock designs for the Kyoto publisher Unsodo. He also experimented with sosaku hanga or creative prints starting in the late 1950s, carving and printing his own designs. Shiro is regarded as one of the top shin-hanga woodblock print artists in Japan.
Comments - Handsome evening view of a house at Okutama in autumn, the leaves on the trees colored in yellow and red. A girl carrying a baby on her back stands on the porch at left, while a woman can be seen through the window. Red persimmons hang from the eaves and pink flowers bloom on a shrub outside the window. The mottled coloring of the scene gives it an almost impressionistic feel.
Signed - Shiro with red artist's seal
Publisher - Unsodo, with publisher's seal in left margin, later edition from original blocks
Artist - Shiro Kasamatsu (1898 - 1991)
Image Size - 14 3/8" x 9 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.