Shiro Kasamatsu - 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 - Terrific scene of fireworks exploding in the sky above a country home on a summer night. Starbursts of orange and golden yellow sparks illuminate the dark sky, the trees in dark silhouette against the light. A few windows glow in the home below, and a leafy branch frames the sky at upper right. A striking design, beautifully shaded.
Signed - Shiro, within image at lower right
Publisher - Unsodo, with publisher's seal in left margin, later edition
Artist - Shiro Kasamatsu (1898 - 1991)
Image Size - 14 1/2" x 9 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.