Azechi Umetaro - Born to a poor farming family on the remote island of Shikoku, Azechi Umetaro moved to Tokyo as a teenager, working various jobs and taking a correspondence course in art. While later working at a government printing plant, he began experimenting with scratching designs on lead plates and printing them by hand. He received encouragement from Hiratsuka Un'ichi, one of the leading artists of the sosaku hanga or creative prints movement, who suggested switching to woodblocks. He was accepted into the Creative Print Association's 1924 exhibition, and began focusing mainly on mountain landscapes, expressing his love of mountains and his passion for mountain climbing. Azechi Umetaro's mountain views and portraits of mountaineers are memorable for their charming simplicity and sophisticated color. His works are a great choice for a collector interested in modern Japanese printmakers.
Signed - U. Azechi in pencil in bottom margin, dated -63
Numbered - A. P. (Artist's Proof)
Artist - Azechi Umetaro (1902 - 1999)
Image Size - 10 1/2" x 9 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with nice detail as shown. Light toning. Please see photos for details.
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