Soseki, Komori

As with many shin-hanga artists of the early 20th century, surprisingly little is known about artist Komori Soseki (sometimes known as Shoseki) who worked throughout the 1920s and 1930s creating beautiful woodblock designs in the kacho-e (flora and fauna) tradition. While many of his prints were found in the collection of famous art dealer Robert O. Muller in 2003, his biography is still a blank slate. Subsequent sales and acquisitions have raised his public profile, revealing a mysterious printmaker with a strong sense of color and form.