An absolutely stunning shin-hanga view of the famous Kegon Waterfall at Nikko, the water rushing dramatically over a rocky cliff. Richly colored and vibrant autumn foliage contrasting with the muted tans and grays of the mountainside, with the cool water tones flowing down the center. The small people giving scale to the awesomeness of the falls.
The Woodblock Print
This woodblock print is in excellent condition; amazingly rich colors, no discolorations anywhere, intact margins, clean verso. Shiro signature within image at lower left, with red artist’s seal; the publisher’s mark, “Unsodo”, in left margin. Block-signed in the bottom right margin.
About the Artist
Shiro Kasamatsu (笠松 紫浪, 1898 – 1991) was a Japanese engraver and print maker trained in the Shin-Hanga and Sōsaku-Hanga styles of woodblock printing.
Kasamatsu was born in Tokyo in 1898, he was apprenticed at the age of 13 to Kaburagi Kiyokata (1878–1973), a traditional master of bijin-ga. Kasamatsu however took an interest in landscape and was given the pseudonym “Shiro” by his teacher. Kasamatsu made woodblock prints for the publisher Shōzaburō Watanabe from 1919 until the late 1940s. Almost all the woodblocks were destroyed in a fire in Watanabe’s print shop following the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. Around 50 prints were published by Watanabe by the late 1940s. Kasamatsu began to partner with Unsodo in Kyoto from the 1950s and produced nearly 102 prints by 1960. He also began to print and publish on his own in the Sōsaku-Hanga style, producing nearly 80 Sōsaku-Hanga prints between 1955 and 1965 (pencil numbered editions).