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 - Beautiful night view of the ocean framed by fishing boats in black silhouette in the foreground. Reflected light from cormorant fishing boats shimmers on the water in the distance beneath clouds drifting across the evening sky. A striking large format design that would make a terrific framed display. Signed Syozo Takahashi, dated 1982, and numbered 20/30 in pencil in bottom margin.
Artist - Syozo (Shozo) Takahashi
Image Size - 15 1/2" x 28 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at top edge from previous mounting. Light toning, a few spots, small stain at edge. Please note, due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details.