by Shiro Kasamatsu (1898 - 1991)
Shiro - 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 Tokyo Station on a winter night, the sky beginning to darken as evening falls. The elegant brick building is seen through the bare branches of the trees in the foreground, where a mother and child walk along the path below. A row of pine trees runs across the front of the train station, with a line of pedestrians in dark silhouette along the street, and a single car parked in the center. A lovely shin hanga design.
Signed - Shiro, with red "Shiro" seal
Publisher - Unsodo, with publisher's seal in left margin
Artist - Shiro Kasamatsu (1898 - 1991)
Image Size - 14 3/8" x 9 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.