Shiro - Born in Tokyo, Shiro Kasamatsu 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.
Pine Trees at Yudanaka Hot Spring, 1950 - This lovely print is one of just eight Shiro designs published by Kinjiro Watanabe, who was a relative of Shozaburo Watanabe. The woodblocks were not authorized by the Watanabe Publisher Company headed by Shozaburo, causing him to quit publishing works by Shiro. Woodblocks by Kinjiro are rare.
Signed - Shiro with red artist's seal
Publisher - Kinjiro Watanabe
Artist - Shiro Kasamatsu (1898 - 1991)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 9 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Toning, toned lines from previous matting. Please see photos for details.