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 view of the famous Nihonbashi or Nihon Bridge over the Nihon River in Tokyo. The stone structure is shaded in dark blues and greens, its reflection shimmering on the water below. The verticals of the street lamps echo the buildings in lavender silhouette in the distance, creating a nice contrast to the strong horizontality of the bridge. A single boatman poles his craft along the water, almost hidden from view. A great bold, modern image.
Signed - Shiro, with red "Shiro" artist's seal
Publisher - Unsodo, with publisher's seal in left margin, later edition from original blocks
Artist - Shiro Kasamatsu (1898 - 1991)
Image Size - 14 1/2" x 9 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report;