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.
Kiyoshi Ikezumi - Fantastic modern design by the artist Kiyoshi Ikezumi, who created a series of woodblocks recalling both 1920s and modern street scenes and corner shops in Japan, along with traditional festivals and celebrations. Ikezumi wanted to capture the culture and neighborhoods of old Japan before they disappeared completely, replaced by large modern buildings. His striking works feature bright coloring and heavy black outlines, giving them a stained glass-like appearance with bold graphic appeal. A great choice to collect or display. Pencil signed "K. Ikezumi" in bottom margin with red artist's seal.
Artist - Kiyoshi Ikezumi (1913 - 2010)
Image Size - Sheet size 16 5/8" x 12 7/8"
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Light toning, a couple small spots and indented marks, light crease. Please see photos for details.
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