by Karl Randolf
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.
Comments - Signed K. Randolf and "Orig. Holzschnitt" (original woodcut in German) in pencil in bottom margin. Pencil notation on reverse "O-sensei Rikia Takahashi/Karl Randolf/auf des Ufenau/4 farber-Holzschnitt/Karl Randolf Stafa [?]." The German translates to "On the Ufenau, 4-color woodcut." Ufenau is an island in Lake Zurich in Switzerland.
Artist - Karl Randolf
Image Size - 7 1/4" x 11 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A few creases at edges. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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