Famous Views of Kyoto: Yase, 1976

by Clifton Karhu (1927 - 2007)

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Famous Views of Kyoto: Yase, 1976 by Clifton Karhu (1927 - 2007)

Original Clifton Karhu (1927 - 2007) Japanese Woodblock Print
Famous Views of Kyoto: Yase, 1976

Clifton Karhu - Born in Minnesota, Clifton Karhu lived and worked in Japan for more than fifty years, becoming one of the most important western artists working in the medium of traditional Japanese woodblock prints. Karhu served in Japan as a soldier in the U.S. Army, studying at the Minneapolis School of Art before returning to Japan permanently in the early 1950s. Karhu's coloful images of Japan, mostly of Kyoto where he lived, are lively designs celebrating the beauty and wonder of Japan and its ancient culture. His jewel-like colors, bold line work, and lyrical patterns create a vibrant portrait of his adopted country. Karhu exhibited widely, both in Japan and internationally, and his work can be seen in museums such as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Comments - Terrific depiction of the village of Yase as seen across a harvested field with grain drying on bamboo racks. The rich rust, brown, and golden yellow colors of the foreground, punctuated by bold black lines, gives way to the rooftops of the town and the deep blue and green of distant mountains beneath a darkening blue sky. A striking and bold design with beautiful jewel-like color. A great Karhu design.

Signed - In pencil in bottom margin with title in Japanese, dated '76
Numbered, limited edition - 75/100

Artist - Clifton Karhu (1927 - 2007)

Image Size - 11 7/8" x 16 1/8" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight toning, a few light creases at edges. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

Famous Views of Kyoto: Yase, 1976 by Clifton Karhu (1927 - 2007)
Famous Views of Kyoto: Yase, 1976 by Clifton Karhu (1927 - 2007)