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 - Beautiful, atmospheric view of Yasaka Pagoda during an evening rain. The sky is shaded a pinkish mauve above the horizon as the sun sets, the sky darkening overhead. In the foreground, a woman under an umbrella makes her way across the grounds, the yellow light from a street lamp reflected on the watery surface of the pavement. Lovely color and fine bokashi shading in this attractive shin-hanga design.
Signed - Shiro, with red artist's seal
Publisher - Watanabe, 7 mm seal, Heisei seal, later edition from the original blocks
Artist - Shiro Kasamatsu (1898 - 1991)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 9 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report;