TAKEJI ASANO Japanese Woodblock KIYAMACHI ST. 1953
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Sold Date: 01/31/2007
Channel: Online Auction
Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
TAKEJI ASANO Japanese Woodblock KIYAMACHI ST. 1953 TAKEJI ASANO Kiyamachi Street, Kyoto Date: 1953, undated later edition from the original woodblocks
Size: approx. 15.5" x 10.5"
Condition: Fine, no flaws, uncirculated print, never framed
Impression: Fine, solid keylines, tight registration and good surface texture
Color: Fine, deep saturated color with excellent bleed through to verso Along Kiyamachi St. in Kyoto, t are many famous traditional Japanese restaurants and bars and these days it is a popular destination for young people. In Asano's print we also see the Takase River canal which, today, as well as in 1953 when this print was designed, is lined with graceful weeping willow trees.
Born in Kyoto, Takeji Asano studied art in his youth. He graduated from the Kyoto City School of Fine Arts and Crafts in 1919 and from the Kyoto City Specialist School of Painting in 1923. In 1930, Asano contributed several designs to a series of prints titled "Creative Prints of Twelve Months in new Kyoto" (Sosaku-hanga shin Kyoto junikagetsu). These prints were published by Uchida. The other artists contributing to this series were Benji Asada and Tomikichiro Tokuriki, also members of the Kyoto Creative Print Society. Asano's work as a shin hanga print designer continued throughout the 1930's, but along the way he learned the skills of carving and printing. This enabled him to create his own self-carved and self-printed series of landscape prints titled "Noted Views in the Kyoto-Osaka Area" (Kinki meisho fukei) in 1947.
In the 1950's, Asano designed numerous landscape prints for the publisher Unsodo, such as the print for auction shown Asano continued to work as a printmaker during the 1970's and 80's. These late prints were simple and often humorous.
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