The Great Lantern of Asakusa, circa 1930s

by Shiro Kasamatsu (1898 - 1991)

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The Great Lantern of Asakusa, circa 1930s by Shiro Kasamatsu (1898 - 1991)

Original Shiro Kasamatsu (1898 - 1991) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Great Lantern of Asakusa, circa 1930s

Shiro Kasamatsu - Born in Tokyo, Shiro 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 view of the great lantern at Asakusa in Tokyo, which hangs in the center of the entrance gate to the shrine. An interesting vantage point emphasizing the size of the lantern in comparison with the visitors below. A rare postcard print by Shiro, published by Watanabe circa 1930s. Stamped "Made in Japan" on the reverse.

Artist - Shiro Kasamatsu (1898 - 1991)

Image Size - 5 3/8" x 3 1/4" + margins as shown

Condition - Nice color and detail. No issues to report.

The Great Lantern of Asakusa, circa 1930s by Shiro Kasamatsu (1898 - 1991)
The Great Lantern of Asakusa, circa 1930s by Shiro Kasamatsu (1898 - 1991)

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