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Kasamatsu Shirō 笠松紫浪 (1898-1991)
Sources: Hanga.com website www.hanga.com http://www.hanga.com/bio.cfm?ID=3 and Printed to Perfection: Twentieth-century Japanese Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection, Amy Reigle Newland, et. al., Hotei Publishing, 2004, p. 113.
Five Story Pagoda at Dusk, 1956
Although Shirō's self-made prints lack the refined carving of his shin hanga designs, they have a simplicity and expressiveness that is very appealing. The upward carving strokes and angular lines of (left) make it one of Shirō's most dynamic prints. The building seems ready to explode off the paper. Shirō continued to create prints for several decades, but never promoted them through exhibitions or gallery affiliations. As a result, his self-carved prints were more a labor of love than a commercial success.
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Prints in Collection
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