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.
Kaoru Kawano - Kaoru Kawano's richly detailed prints feature simplified forms and layers of pattern in subtle colors to build a textured appearance. His use of the negative white of the paper creates a strong contrast against the backgrounds, producing a striking effect. Many of his designs incorporate the strong wood grain impression of the blocks. Favorite subjects include young girls and birds. His beautiful designs are a great choice for a collector interested in modern Japanese woodblocks.
Signed - Kaoru Kawano in pencil within image at lower left, with red "Kaoru" artist's seal
Artist - Kaoru Kawano (1916 - 1965)
Image Size - 14 3/4" x 10"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Small fiber within the paper at lower right. Please see photos for details.