Re: info about these artists?

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Posted by Philip Callier on January 02, 1999 at 19:15:43:

In Reply to: info about these artists? posted by JOSH clark on December 23, 1998 at 08:31:40:

: I inherited some prints by:
: Yoshikazu
: Shiro Kasamatsu and
: Sadanobu Hasegawa-
: How can I Learn about these artists, and does anyone recognize them? (obviously just getting into this)

Greetings !
Yoshikazu (1822-66)is an Edo artist famous for his description of foreigners in Yokohama. He apparently also made some nice landscape pictures of the Tokaido. He is mentionned briefly in Strange, "Japanese Colour Prints", London (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 6th edition, 1931, page 107); Munsterberg, "The Japanese Print" (Weatherhill, New York/Tokyo, 1982, page 145); and by Richard Illing, The Art of Japanese Prints, (Gallery Book, New York, 1980, with a black and white illustration page 153 and an example of signature page 163). Also, you can find about 20 color illustrations of his work in Ann Yonemura, "Yokohama: Prints from Nineteenth-Century Japan, (Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, 1990).
Shiro Kasamatsu (born in 1898)specialized first in landscape prints in and around Tokyo, and in the description of Japanese customs and manners. Later (after 1945), he experimented with various method of printing associated with the Western-inspired "Creative Prints" movement (sosaku hanga). Source: "The Artistic Legacy of Shin-Hanga" by Haruo Matsuoka, chapter 8 of the very nice and useful book "Ukiyo-e to Shin Hanga: The Art of Japanese Woobblock Prints" (Mallard Press, 1990), page 227 (with an illustration in color: "Spring Snow at Torikoe Shrine, Asakusa, 1934").
Sadanobu Hasegawa (1809-79). He was an Osaka artist, follower of Hiroshige (landscapes)and of Kunisada (actors). He is mentionned very briefly in Illing (page 101), in Binyon and Sexton ("Japanese Colour Prints", Scribener's, New York, 1923, pages 169 and 171), and in Strange (pages 93 and 106, with a black and white illustration of a actor print: plate 47).
Enjoy your prints !

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