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 - Terrific, large format sosaku hanga design featuring the iconic lion stature of the Nihon Bridge in Tokyo towering above a minimalist landscape in the foreground rendered in black silhouette. Gray bands sweep across a beautifully textured sky shad ed from blue to green. Signed "Y. Kanamori" with red artist's seal, titled in Japanese, dated '91, and numbered 89/100 in pencil in the bottom margin. The lower right corner features a raised "Japan Print Association" seal, as Yoshio Kanamori is a member of the group. This print comes with the original folder titled in Japanese. A striking design, great for display.
Artist - Yoshio Kanamori (born 1922)
Image Size - 20 1/2" x 13 1/2" + margins as shown; outer folder 25 1/2" x 18 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A few creases at edges. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.
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