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 - Beautiful spring view of blossoming cherry trees at evening, a full moon high in the night sky. The cascading blossoms are accented with shimmering pink and silver mica, giving the effect of soft moonlight glowing on the flowers. A pagoda can be seen in dark silhouette at right. A fantastic, large format design in a signed and limited edition. A great choice to collect or display
Signed - Waichi Hayashi in pencil in bottom margin, titled in Japanese, dated 1980
Numbered - 10/80
Artist - Hayashi Waichi (born 1951)
Image Size - 21 3/8" x 15 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight toning, a few tiny spots in margins. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.