Shizuo made two sets of woodblock prints with flower and bird subjects in the 1950s. Print size differed in the two sets (i.e., 125 x 190 mm versus 300 x 450 mm) but otherwise the prints were very similar. Both flowers and birds were drawn in a true-to-life way and contrasting color was added to the background, often in horizontal bands.
The Woodblock Prints
The woodblock prints are being sold here as they were originally sold: affixed to a rice backing paper and then hand-signed in pencil below the image on the backing paper. The prints themselves are in very good condition with vibrant color. There is a tape stain on the top of the reverse where the pieces were affixed to the matting of their frames. There is some aging to the paper as the affixing to the backing paper creating faint discoloration to the print paper itself.
Each woodblock measures 4.5" by 7.5", or 6" by 9.5" with the backing paper.
About the Artist
Shizuo Ashikaga (1917-91) was born in 1917 in Ehime Prefecture and graduated from Kyoto Municipal Arts University. One of his teacher was Taikan Yokoyama. He was active as a painter and in restoration works of ancient paintings and temples. The artist died in 1991 in Kyoto. Uchida published prints of flowers and birds (kacho-e) in the 1950s by this artist, for which he is the most known.