Spring Rain at Benkei Bridge

by Takeji Asano (1900 - 1999)

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Spring Rain at Benkei Bridge by Takeji Asano (1900 - 1999)

Original Takeji Asano (1900 - 1999) Japanese Woodblock Print
Spring Rain at Benkei Bridge

Series; Ten Famous Places in Tokyo, 1956

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.

Ten Famous Places in Tokyo - In 1956, Takeji Asano self-published the series "Ten Famous Places in Tokyo," featuring views of famous temples and landmarks in Tokyo. Asano depicts the beauty of these sites in different seasons and weather condition, from a snowy winter day at Toshogu Shrine in Ueno Park to a spring afternoon along the Sumida River. Each print comes in the original folder with series title on the front and a viewing window inside. A paper label on the reverse describes the subject in Japanese (see example of folder front below). This is a rare Takeji Asano series, and to find the prints in their original folders as originally issued is extremely rare. A great opportunity for a collector interested in sosaku hanga.

Artist - Takeji Asano (1900 - 1999)

Image Size - 9 1/2" x 14 3/8" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at top corners from original publisher mounting. Please see photos for details. Excellent overall.

Spring Rain at Benkei Bridge by Takeji Asano (1900 - 1999)
Spring Rain at Benkei Bridge by Takeji Asano (1900 - 1999)
Spring Rain at Benkei Bridge by Takeji Asano (1900 - 1999)