A very sweet image by Kaoru Kawano of a young girl with an ogi fan, stylized like a cut-out figure. Extensive use of visible woodgrain to create texture against the flat shapes.
The Woodblock Print
This large oban-sized woodblock is in excellent condition; margins intact, a clean verso, strong colors, mica prevalent within the inks. Clean margins and a clean verso. The artist’s watermark stamp applied to the lower right corner of the verso.
About the Artist
Kaoru Kawano was a Japanese printmaker who worked during the Showa period (河野薫, 1926-1989). Born in Hokkaido in 1916, Kawano studied at Kawabata Art School during the 1930s. He gained an international his reputation through successful solo exhibitions in North America and elsewhere. His prints frequently depict children and animals, combining Western-style elements with the tradition of woodblock printmaking. Kawano’s works are also appreciated for the way in which they incorporate the woodgrain of the block into the design.