Takeji Asano - Born in Kyoto, Takeji Asano helped form the Kyoto Creative Print Society in 1929. While designing traditional shin-hanga landscape prints, he studied carving and printing, achieving a great technical skill in carving. After WWII, he created many woodblocks of scenery and famous sites in and around Kyoto in various seasons. His colorful sosaku hanga works, self-carved and self-printed, have a real graphic appeal, with bold line work, sweeping views, and handsome compositions. His woodblock prints are a great choice for the modern collector, and make attractive framed displays.
Comments - Fantastic early spring scene in Fushimi, Kyoto, of enormous wooden vats lined up in a factory courtyard. A worker in an apron stands at the rear, giving a sense of scale to the large barrels tied with rope. A plum tree dotted with blossoms juts over the tiled roof at right, while the other trees in the distance are still bare. A bold, dramatic perspective view, with beautiful architectural detail in the carefully rendered structures. A terrific design with a lovely muted color palette. A wonderful choice to collect or display.
Publisher - Unsodo, with publisher's seal in left margin, later edition
Artist - Takeji Asano (1900 - 1999)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 9 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.