Ikebana (Flower Arranging), 1954

by Shiro Kasamatsu (1898 - 1991)

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Ikebana (Flower Arranging), 1954 by Shiro Kasamatsu (1898 - 1991)

Original Shiro Kasamatsu (1898 - 1991) Japanese Woodblock Print
Ikebana (Flower Arranging), 1954

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 arranging branches of red camellias and magnolias in a wicker vase. She wears a magenta kimono patterned with wisteria, and tied with a white obi featuring colorful butterflies. The alcove behind her holds a scroll of a peacock. A handsome depiction of the traditional Japanese art of ikebana.

Signed - Shiro, with red artist's seal
Publisher - Unsodo, with publisher's seal in left margin, later edition from original blocks

Artist - Shiro Kasamatsu (1898 - 1991)

Image Size - 14 1/4" x 9 3/8" + margins as shown

Condition - Excellent color and detail. No issues to report.

Ikebana (Flower Arranging), 1954 by Shiro Kasamatsu (1898 - 1991)
Ikebana (Flower Arranging), 1954 by Shiro Kasamatsu (1898 - 1991)