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Snow at Iwashimizu-Hachiman Shrine, Kyoto

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Snow at Iwashimizu-Hachiman Shrine, Kyoto
by Asano Takeji

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Artist: Asano Takeji 浅野竹二
Title: Snow at Iwashimizu-Hachiman Shrine, Kyoto
Date 1st edition?1952
Publisher 1st edition?Unsodo 芸艸堂
Publisher (this edition)?Unsodo 芸艸堂
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Oban
Format (this edition): Oban
DB artwork code: 30910
Notes (1st edition)?
Notes (this edition)?The following information was taken from the original web listing of this artwork. Often written by non-experts, there may be inaccuracies:

Woodblock by Asano ‘Snow at Iwashimizu-Hachiman Shrine, Kyoto’

Beautiful snow scene titled in both Japanese kanji (left margin) as “Iwashimizu Hachimangu Yuki” and in English at bottom as “Snow in Iwashimizu-Hachiman Shrine, Kyoto” by Takeji Asano (1900-??). Asano, who also excelled as a carver, is known for having produced several series of prints depicting the Kyoto area of Japan. Bears artist’s signature of “Takaji ga” lower right corner of image. Print bears Unsodo’s Publisher’s rectangular seal in right margin along with the carver/printer seals of Okura/Shinmi. Print itself is undated, however Okura (carver) is known to have worked for Unsodo during the 1950’s. Also bears “Gei” watermark (“gei” is the first kanji character of the of the Unsodo Publishers name, "Un-so-do,” which is spelled “gei” if alone) in the upper left corner. Clearly printed on older, hand-made paper. Circa very late 1950’s/early 1960--to learn more about "old paper," click the following link about Old Paper.

SPECIAL NOTE: In mid-year 2000, consignor located and spoken with the actual printer, Shinmi (now in his 90's) and determined that same with Asano's "Kamigamo" print, that these too were confirmed to be from the publisher's original remaining "very early edition" prints. Thusly, these are from the publisher's original remaining "very early edition" prints (of which my consignor bought the ENTIRE remaining inventory). And, as I always say, "when they're gone, they'll be gone forever."

Image measures 9 ½ x 14 ¼ inches.

Artist Bio: 
浅野 竹二(あさの たけじ、明治33年(1900年)10月24日-平成10年(1998年)2月10日) 京都の日本画家、版画家。京都市立絵画専門学校で日本画を専攻、途中油絵に手をそめましたが、再び日本画に復帰、土田麦僊の率いる「山南塾」に入塾し、国画創作協会展に出品するなど日本画家として活躍しました。

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