KASAMATSU Shiro The Complete Woodblock Prints

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Kasamatsu Shiro, who marked the 30th anniversary of his death in 2021, studied Japanese painting under Kaburaki Kiyokata along with Ito Shinsui, Kawase Hasui, and others, leaving behind nearly 400 woodblock print works over his lifetime.

This book is the first definitive collection of Kasamatsu Shiro’s major woodblock prints, encompassing the works he confronted throughout his life.

Shiro, along with Hasui and others, began to publish numerous woodblock prints from the Watanabe Print Shop around 1919, becoming one of the leading figures in the “Shin-Hanga” movement.

After the war, he also produced new prints from the Kyoto-based publisher Unsodo and, around 1955, started creating “creative prints” (sosaku hanga) of his own design, carving, and printing, making him an indispensable woodblock artist in tracing the evolution of woodblock prints from the Taisho to the Showa period.

Pages:
240
ISBN:
9784872424836
Release Date:
February, 2021
Language:
Japanese
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Shiro Kasamatsu

Born in Asakusa, Tokyo, in 1898 (Meiji 31). At the age of 14, in 1912 (Taisho 1), he apprenticed under Kaburaki Kiyokata and received the art name “Shiro.” As a Japanese painter, he was active in exhibitions such as the Teiten and the Shin-Bunten, while also venturing into woodblock prints at Kiyokata’s suggestion. From 1919 (Taisho 8) to around 1941 (Showa 16), he produced many “shin-hanga” woodblock prints through the Watanabe Print Shop, and after the war, he continued to create them through the Kyoto publisher Unsodo. Additionally, from 1955 (Showa 30) onwards, he also produced “sosaku hanga” (creative prints) that he carved and printed himself. He continued to engage with woodblock printing throughout his life until his death at the age of 93 in 1991 (Heisei 3).

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