Kasamatsu Shiro: Shade Beneath the Trees (Kokage) (SOLD)

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Artist: Kasamatsu Shiro (1898-1991)
Title: Shade Beneath the Trees (Kokage)
Date: 1961

An entrance gate stands sentry all alone, the tall forest trees that surround it create the deep and dappled shade of the title. The shade is so deep that our eyes can only make out black-and-white images in the semi-darkness. Between 1955 and 1965 Kasamatsu produced about 80 self-carved and self-printed designs, as here. This followed a collaboration with the publisher Watanabe Shozaburo between 1919 and the late 1940s. “Kasamatsu ventured out on his own, carving, printing, and selling his prints. In doing so, he followed the credo of the sôsaku hanga ("creative print": 創作版画) movement — jiga, jikoku, jizuri ("self-painted [drawn or designed], self-carved, self-printed": 自画 自刻 自摺).”  Numbered in pencil at left “no 22”.  Titled, dated and signed by the artist in pencil, lower margin.

Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. 
Dimensions: 42 x 28.6 cm
Publisher: Self-printed
Signature: Shiro Kasamatsu.