A quiet and understated print of a large and solitary pine atop a mound in a park, two figures walking slowly through the mist and spring rain. Understated colors showcase the skill of the artists, creating amazing depth with a limited palette.
The Woodblock Print
A beautiful piece that would be in excellent condition if not for the residue of tape/matting on the edges of the margins and thinly on the verso (bringing it down to very good). Rich color throughout, no discolorations at all. Margins intact (tiny piece possibly missing in one corner of the margin).
Originally published in 1933, this does not have the later-edition stamp in the right margin nor the 6mm Watanabe seal (used between 1946-1957), so believe this to be a non-first edition but early edition version. Later editions seemed to use more color, especially greens.
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).