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 - Lovely view of a blossoming peony sheltered from the snow beneath a straw covering at Kamakura, steps leading to a temple building in the distance at left. The night sky and snow are beautifully shaded and the print has a handsome textural quality. Kazuyuki Ohtsu served as an assistant to the great sosaku hanga master Kiyoshi Saito for forty years, and is now considered a woodblock print master in his own right. Signed, titled, dated 1999, and numbered 72/80 in pencil in the bottom margin. A great limited edition design, nice for a collector.
Artist - Kazuyuki Ohtsu (born 1935)
Image Size - 14 3/4" x 20 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A few creases. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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