Takeji Asano - Born in Kyoto, Takeji Asano worked in both the shin-hanga and sosaku hanga Japanese woodblock print traditions. He studied Western and Japanese painting, and became interested in woodblock prints after taking a class with Hiratsuka Un'ichi, one of the founders of the sosaku hanga or creative print movement. In 1929, he helped form the Kyoto Creative Print Society. After WWII, he created many woodblocks of scenery and famous sites in and around Kyoto in various seasons. In addition to designing shin-hanga series for Uchida and Unsodo, he also published his own works. His colorful sosaku hanga woodblocks, self-carved and self-printed, have a real graphic appeal, with bold line work, sweeping views, and handsome compositions. Asano's prints are a great choice for the modern collector, and make attractive framed displays.
Tojinbo, 1949 - Handsome view of Tojinbo in Fukui Prefecture, with dramatic rock formations bordering the scene A boat glides along the water below, the reflections of the mountains shimmering on the surface. A striking and rare first edition design, with the date of 1949 printed in the bottom margin at left. The first time we've seen this shin-hanga subject.
Publisher - Unsodo, with publisher's seal in right margin
Artist - Takeji Asano (1900 - 1999)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 9 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A few creases at edges, slight soiling at corner. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.