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 - Lovely image of a beauty performing a tea ceremony in late spring. She holds a red cloth between her hands, a tea bowl, whisk, and tea caddy on the floor before her. The silhouette of a blossoming cherry tree can be seen on the shoji panel behind her. A charming shin-hanga design with wonderful detail. The first time we've offered this subject.
Publisher - Watanabe, with "C" seal in lower right margin, in use 1929 - 1942
Artist - Shiro Kasamatsu (1898 - 1991)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 9 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Two small tape remnants on reverse at top corners from previous mounting. Slight rubbing at bottom corner. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.
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