Original Nakagawa Isaku (1899 - 2000) Japanese Woodblock Print
Fishes and Leaf
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.
Comments - Rare design by Nakagawa Isaku, who helped found the Kyoto Sosaku-hanga Kyokai (Kyoto Creative Print Society) in 1929 and was a member of the Nihon Hanga Kyokai (Japanese Print Association). He exhibited internationally, and in the 1960s taught at the University of California in San Francisco. His woodblocks are seldom seen in the market. This print features a handsome distressed mica background.
Artist - Nakagawa Isaku (1899 - 2000)
Image Size - Page size 10 3/4" x 17"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Creasing, slight toning and soiling, stains. Please see photos for details.