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.
Tanaka Ryohei - Born in 1933, Tanaka Ryohei began studying etching with Professor Furuno Yoshio in 1963. His favorite subjects are the traditional Japanese houses and the rural fields around him, where man intersects with nature. His beautiful designs are drawn with delicate line work, producing rich gradations of tone and subtle textures. He often incorporates aquatint or mezzotint into his etchings to render exquisite detail. His works can be found in the collections of museums across the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Fogg Museum at Harvard University, and the Singapore National Museum. These quiet, contemplative, limited-edition designs are pencil signed and numbered, making them a wonderful choice for a collector of contemporary Japanese prints.
Numbered - 84/100
Artist - Tanaka Ryohei (born 1933)
Size - 9 1/2" x 21 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Tape remnants on reverse at top and bottom edges from previous mounting. Slight toning, a few creases, pencil notation at lower left. Please note, due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details.