Shiro

Kasamatsu Shiro

1898-1991

Moonrise at Nezu Gongen Shrine
(Tsuki no shutsu, Nezu Gongen)

signed Shiro with artist's seal Shiro, the title on the left margin, Tsuki no shutsu, Nezu Gongen, followed by the date, Showa shichinen shigatsu (Showa 7 [1932], April), with publisher's (Hotei 'D') seal on right margin, Hanken shoyu Watanabe Shozaburo (copyright ownership Watanabe Shozaburo), 1932

oban tate-e 15 3/8 by 10 1/2 in., 39 by 26.7 cm

Kasamatsu Shiro was born in the Asakusa district of Tokyo. In 1912 he began studying painting with Kaburaki Kiyokata (1878-1972), who gave him his go (art name), Shiro, using different characters than his given name. Shiro was an active painter, and submitted works to several competitive exhibitions including Bunten, Teiten, Tatsumi Gakei and Kyodokai. In 1916 he won Third Prize at the Southeast Painting Society. Shiro was an early recruit into Watanabe's shin-hanga circle, publishing his first four prints in 1919, and adding one more design in 1920. The blocks for those prints were lost in the fires following the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 and are consequently scarce. He resumed print design in the 1930s, producing many works with Watanabe; their relationship lasted until the end of World War II. By the 1950s he had become interested in sosaku-hanga and began carving and printing his own works.

References:
Helen Merritt and Nanako Yamada, Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975, 1992, pp. 54-55
Chris Uhlenbeck, Amy Reigle Newland and Maureen de Vries, Waves of Renewal: Modern Japanese Prints, 1900-1960, Selections from the Nihon no hanga Collection, 2016, p. 271

(inv. no. 10-5218)

price: $2,200

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