Original Unichi Hiratsuka (1895 - 1997) Japanese Woodblock Print
Country Road, 1927
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Sosaku Hanga - The sosaku hanga or creative print movement in Japan began in the early part of the twentieth century. Unlike the traditional collaborative woodblock printing process utilizing a separate artist, carver, and printer along with a publisher, the sosaku hanga movement emphasized artist involvement in designing, carving, and printing the blocks himself, as the sole creator of his work. The movement gained popularity following World War II, earning international acclaim and expanding subject matter to include abstraction. Today most contemporary Japanese print artists design, carve, and print their woodblocks themselves, continuing the vibrant creative tradition established with ukiyo-e. Sosaku hanga prints encompass a wide range of subjects and expressive artistic styles, and are a great choice for a collector interested in modern and contemporary prints.
Un'ichi Hiratsuka - Un'ichi Hiratsuka was one of the leading and most influential artists of the sosaku hanga or creative prints movement in Japan. Considered one of the finest block carvers of his time, he taught the first woodblock print class at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts in 1935. He received the Order of Cultural Merit from the Japanese Government in 1970. A museum dedicated to Un'ichi Hiratsuka opened in Suzaka, Nagano, in 1991, and his works are included in museum collections all over the world. His bold designs, many in black and white alone, are rarely seen on the market and are a great choice for a collector interested in sosaku hanga. This print is signed "Un-ichi Hiratsuka" and dated 1927 in pencil in the bottom margin, with artist's red seal "Hiratsuka" on the reverse at lower right.
Artist - Unichi Hiratsuka (1895 - 1997)
Image Size - 3 7/8" x 4 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. A few creases. Please see photos for details. Good overall.