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Shiro (1898 - 1991)

Spring Evening, Ginza

Medium: Woodblock Print
Date: 1934
Size (H x W): 15.2 x 10.5 (inches)
Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo
Seals: Shiro saku. Hanken shoyu Watanabe Shozaburo ("sausage seal")
Signature: Shiro
Condition: Very good color and impression, light toning on margins and reverse, light soiling and wear, small tear top edge, tape on reverse top edge.


About the artist

While Shiro Kasamatsu is best known for his Shin Hanga woodblock prints, he began his artistic career as a painter. A pupil of Kiyokata Kaburagi, Shiro actively exhibited his work in Bunten and Teiten, as well as other official exhibitions. In 1919, Kiyokata urged his student to design woodblock prints for the famed Shin Hanga publisher Shozaburo Watanabe. Along with the works of Hasui, Shotei and others, Watanabe published many of Shiro’s designs in the 1930s. In the 1950s, Shiro began working with the publisher Unsodo, releasing Eight Views of Tokyo and a series of kacho-e (bird-and-flower prints). Towards the end of his career, Shiro channeled the spirit of the Sosaku Hanga movement, carving and printing his own woodblocks.