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.
Yamaguchi Susumu - Born in Nagano Prefecture, Yamaguchi Susumu taught himself woodblock printing as a boy before studying Western-style painting in Tokyo. From 1920 on, he exhibited in sosaku hanga or creative prints shows and in magazines. The mountains of his Nagano home were his favorite subject. In his prints, he achieved dense, rich colors by repeated printings on thick paper. His works are in museum collections across the world, including the British Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Signed - Signed "Susumu, Yamaguchi" and dated 1960 in pencil in bottom margin
Artist - Yamaguchi Susumu (1897 - 1983)
Image Size - 11 1/2" x 15 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Small ink mark in margin from printing process. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.
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