A beautiful woodblock by Shiro Kasamatsu capturing the powerful brilliance of the sun breaking through the morning clouds and fog, instilling brilliant colors to the waters being navigated by the fishing boats. An awe-inspiring scene in a powerful and richly-colored printing.
Originally published in 1956, this is an atozuri edition later published from the original woodblocks by Unsodo.
The Woodblock Print
This oban-sized woodblock is in excellent condition; incredibly strong colors, a very good printing (some prints seem to be washed out), and good paper with clean margins and a clean verso.
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).