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Akita Dancer by Maekawa Senpan (1888 - 1960)

Original Maekawa Senpan (1888 - 1960) Japanese Woodblock Print
Akita Dancer

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.

Maekawa Senpan - Born in Kyoto, Maekawa Senpan studied painting at the Kansai Fine Art Academy and worked as an illustrator before teaching himself woodblock printing. Maekawa took part in the first Sosaku Hanga Kyokai exhibit in 1919, and became a noted member of the sosaku hanga movement. Many of his later subjects depict life in rural communities, honoring the customs and traditions of Japan. His prints have a simple, folk art-like quality that is appealing and yet distinctly modern. A great choice for a collector interested in modern Japanese prints.

Artist - Maekawa Senpan (1888 - 1960)

Image Size - 14 1/8" x 10 1/2" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight toning, a few spots and creases. Please see photos for details.

Akita Dancer by Maekawa Senpan (1888 - 1960)
Akita Dancer by Maekawa Senpan (1888 - 1960)

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