Shiro Kasamatsu, "Great Lantern at Kannon Temple, Asakusa"
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The large lantern greeting visitors at Kannon Gate leading to Zojoji Temple in tourist heavy Asakusa is one of Japan's most famous sites. In this first-state print by Shiro Kasamatsu, visitors to the gate and lantern are shown wearing a mix of traditional Japanese clothing with Western style. A wonderful peek into pre-war Japan.
Published by Watanabe Shozaburo
Early, first-state printing
Condition: Toning, otherwise very good color and condition
Frame Shown: 16" x 24" x 1/2", Classic Wood, Clear Walnut
Shiro Kasamatsu (1898-1991) began his artistic career during the shin-hanga period and would go on to produce some of Japan's most recognizable woodblock prints. Starting in second-half of the 20th century, Shiro would go on to carve, print, and publish his own prints, making him an influential artist in the sosaku-hanga movement as well.