Japanese Woodblocks
very limited stocks

 

 

 

 

 

SHIRO KASAMATSU
(1898 to 1991)

Shiro was born in Asakusa, Tokyo, and became a Student of Kiyotaka at the Age of 13. One of the Most Highly Respected of the Shin Hanga Artists creating many landscape scenes in a unique and individual style. Published by Watanabe then by Unsodo and in the late 1950s he decided to Only Produce Self Published Works.
This work was published by Watanabe in 1935.

 "Cherry Blossoms, Toshogu Shrine 1935"

 

Woodblock                               14.25 x 9.5 inches             £1,500


Kawase Hasui
(May 18, 1883 – November 7, 1957)
Kawase  Hasui was a prominent Japanese painter of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and one of the chief printmakers in the shin-hanga movement.

 

Kawase studied ukiyo-e and Japanese style painting at the studio of Kiyokata Kaburagi. He mainly concentrated on making watercolors of actors, everyday life and landscapes, many of them published as illustrations in books and magazines in the last few years of the Meiji period and early Taishō period.

In the early Taishō period Kawase was recruited by the publisher Shōzaburō Watanabe, with the intention to design works for woodblock prints. Kawase left a large body of woodblock prints and watercolors. Many of the watercolors are linked to the woodblock prints, he also produced oil paintings, traditional hanging scrolls and a few byōbu (folding screens).

In the West, Kawase is mainly known as a Japanese woodblock printmaker. He and Hiroshi Yoshida are widely regarded as two of the greatest artists of the shin-hanga style, and are known especially for their landscape prints.

In 1923 there was a great earthquake in Japan that destroyed most of his artwork. During the forty years of his artistic career, Hasui worked closely with Shōzaburō Watanabe, publisher and advocate of the shin-hanga movement. His works became widely known in the West through American connoisseur Robert O. Muller (1911-2003). In 1956, he was named a Living National Treasure in Japan.

 

 

 

 

Kawase Hasui 1883-1957

"Starlit  Night Miyajima 1928" 

Woodblock                                                                15 x 10 inches                                             £1,950                                                          


Hiroshi Yoshida 1876-1950

"Azelea Garden 1935" 

Woodblock                                                                16 x 11 inches                                             £1,500                       


The seals on the edges of the woodblock prints are essential and always shown when framing.
These seals include -

Title seal
Artist's seal with signature (sometimes in the woodblock)
Publisher's seal (sometimes in the woodblock)
Date Seal 

and 

a signature in pencil under the image when sold to the Western Market and sometimes a title in pencil


Hiroshi Yoshida

(1876 - 1950)

 

 

Hiroshi Yoshida was one of the principal printmakers involved in the revival of the woodcut after the Meiji period. He took a keen interest in the technical details of printmaking, carving many of the blocks himself. Yoshida travelled widely and despite losing nearly all his early work in fires following the 1923 earthquake in Japan produced 259 subjects in the course of a thirty year career.

 

His prints capture a sense of place with accuracy and atmosphere and there is sufficient Western influence in his work to ensure that his distinctive works are now collected worldwide.

 

 

His work is represented in many public collections worldwide and is the Boston Museum of Art in the US.


Hiroshi Yoshida 1876-1950

"Cryptomeria Avenue 1937"  

Woodblock                                                                17 x 12 inches                                             £1,500                      

Hiroshi Yoshida 1876-1950

"Daido Gate 1937 " 

Woodblock                                                                9.5 x 14.75 inches                                             £1,500     

Hiroshi Yoshida 1876-1950

"Peaceful Rishiri 1938" 

Woodblock                                                                9.5 x 14.75 inches                                             £3.000     

Hiroshi Yoshida 1876-1950

"Yomei Gate 1937" 

Woodblock                                                                17 x 12 inches                                             £1,500     


Producing the Woodblock 
Blocks are carved from aged cherry wood and not usually printed in Summer when humidity can effect both block and paper. 
Usually one block per colour is used and there maybe in excess of fifteen blocks used per print.
Ink and colours used are vegetable or mineral based. 
The subject is usually a collaboration between artist and publisher. 
The whole process is complex and time consuming but the results are beautiful and stunning