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Kasen

Ohira Kasen

1900-1983

Twenty-Four Figures of Charming Women: Three, Before the Mirror (suggested title)
(Adesugata Nijushiko: Kagami no mae, san)

a beauty holding a tobacco pipe while seated before a kyodai wearing a red-striped kimono which is falling off her shoulder, with karazuri (blind-printing) on her nose and the scrolling black on black pattern of her obi; the red cartouche at the upper right corner with the series title, Adesugata nijushiko, signed below, Kasen, with artist's red circular seal, Kasen, publisher's mark Yamase (Shinbisha), ca. 1931

dai oban tate-e 15 3/8 by 10 1/4 in., 39.2 by 26 cm

Ohira Kasen (given name Masao), studied with Matsubayashi Keigetsu (1876-1963), a kuchi-e illustrator who became a leading Nanga artist. In addition to this series, Kasen designed another bijinga series, Twenty-four Sections of Tokyo which was also published by Shinbisha.

Reference:
Helen Merritt, Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975, 1992, p. 117 (inv. no. 10-4815)

price: $ 1,600

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