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Shiro Kasamatsu

(Item: JAMES7)
Shiro Kasamatsu (1888~1991) "Koi".Unsodo. 14 3/8x 9 1/2". Matted.

Beautiful wintertime “snowy temple” image by Shiro Kasamatsu (1898-1991) titled ”Koi no Mizu” (translates as “Koi in Water”).

This image is undated in its margins and is not found in my references; however its printer, Shinmi, would likely indicate late 1940’s/50’s. Print bears black, rectangular Unsodo Han publisher’s seal in the left margin, along with names of printer (Shinmi, active 1940’s/50’s) and carver (Okura). Also bears “Gei” watermark (“gei” is the first kanji character of the of the Unsodo Publishers name, "Un-so-do,” which is spelled “gei” if alone) in the lower left corner. Circa, likely 1950’s. The printing is a bit different than the typical Kasamatsu print; in fact, it is very much in the style of his later self-carved/self-printed works. Nice gradation of colors (known as “bokashi”) to the floating cherry blossoms and the green water. Print shows no signs of any prior mounting and is in excellent condition (some rubbing/abrasion on verso via baren printing)—no holes, no tears—fresh, unfaded colors.

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