Shiro Kasamatsu – Mt Fuji From Lake Ashinoko at Hakone

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A beautiful oban-sized woodblock by Shiro Kasamatsu of the caldera of Lake Ashinoko witht he view of Mt Fuji in the background.

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Lake Ashinoko (芦ノ湖, Ashinoko) was formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone after the volcano’s last eruption 3000 years ago. It is especially known for its stunning views with Mt Fuji in the distance, pictured here.

The Woodblock Print

This oban-sized woodblock is in excellent condition. Strong colors, a clean verso, and only the slightest of residue from the original presentation folder tipping on the top margin (almost imperceptible). Published by The S. Watanabe Color Print Co.; round 6mm Watanabe seal indicating a post-war printing (but not modern reprint).

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).

Artist

Kasamatsu, Shiro

Condition

(A+) Excellent Condition

Date

1940s-1950s

Edition

Lifetime

Movement

Shin-hanga

Publisher

Watanabe Shozaburo

Size

Oban (10"x15")

Subjects

Landscape, Mt Fuji