Sosaku Hanga - The sosaku hanga or creative print movement in Japan began in the early part of the twentieth century. Unlike the traditional collaborative woodblock printing process utilizing a separate artist, carver, and printer along with a publisher, the sosaku hanga movement emphasized artist involvement in designing, carving, and printing the blocks himself, as the sole creator of his work. The movement gained popularity following World War II, earning international acclaim and expanding subject matter to include abstraction. Today most contemporary Japanese print artists design, carve, and print their woodblocks themselves, continuing the vibrant creative tradition established with ukiyo-e. Sosaku hanga prints encompass a wide range of subjects and expressive artistic styles, and are a great choice for a collector interested in modern and contemporary prints.
Rokushu Mizufune - Sculptor and printmaker Rokushu Mizufune graduated from the Tokyo School of Fine Arts in 1936, where he studied printmaking with the great sosaku hanga artist Hiratsuka Un'ichi. He exhibited his prints widely after 1955 and spent a year as a resident artist at the Putney School at Marlboro College in Vermont in 1961 - 1962. His semi-abstract woodblock prints feature thick, densely layered pigment, enlivening the surface with texture. His signed, limited edition prints are a nice choice for a collector interested in sosaku hanga.
Signed - R. Mizufune in pencil in bottom margin
Numbered - 12/30
Artist - Rokushu Mizufune (1912 - 1980)
Image Size - 21" x 16" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Wrinkle and a few creases at edges, a couple stains in margin. Please note, due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details.