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TAKEJI ASANO - Japanese Woodblock Print YASAKA PAGODA 1953

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TAKEJI ASANO - Japanese Woodblock Print YASAKA PAGODA 1953

TAKEJI ASANO

Moon Light in Yasaka Pagoda


Date: 1953, early edition published by the Unsodo
Size: oban, full margins, approx. 15.5" x 10.5"
Condition: Fine, no flaws, uncirculated condition
Impression: Fine, excellent registration and strong texture
Color: Fine, deep saturated color and nice bleed

Born in Kyoto, Takeji Asano studied art in his youth. He graduated from the Kyoto City School of Fine Arts and Crafts in 1919 and from the Kyoto City Specialist School of Painting in 1923. In 1930, Asano contributed several designs to a series of prints titled "Creative Prints of Twelve Months in new Kyoto" (Sosaku-hanga shin Kyoto junikagetsu). These prints were published by Uchida. The other artists contributing to this series were Benji Asada and Tomikichiro Tokuriki, also members of the Kyoto Creative Print Society. Asano's work as a shin hanga print designer continued throughout the 1930's, but along the way he learned the skills of carving and printing. This enabled him to create his own self-carved and self-printed series of landscape prints titled "Noted Views in the Kyoto-Osaka Area" (Kinki meisho fukei) in 1947.

In the 1950's, Asano designed numerous landscape prints for the publisher Unsodo, such as the print for auction shown here. Asano continued to work as a printmaker during the 1970's and 80's. These late prints were simple and often humorous.


ABOUT YASAKA PAGODA
Originally built about 1,400 years ago. The present pagoda was reconstructed in the year 1440. At 46 meters, it is not very high, but it is still one of Kyoto's must-see tourist attractions and a landmark of the Higashiyama district. The Asano print shows it over the roofs of the buildings lining the flagstone street sloping up to it.

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