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- Nihon no Shiki (Four Seasons of Japan) -

Kan Kawada


The beautiful stencil print 'Nihon no Shiki' (Four Seasons of Japan) is by Kan Kawada (1927–1999). This print masterfully captures the essence of each season in Japan through iconic seasonal motifs in a single image. The bold colors and striking contrast make it truly eye-catching. The Japanese title "Nihon no Shiki" is dated '84, with sheet number 85/120, and is hand-signed by the artist on the bottom margin. Originally a "Katazome" (stencil dyeing) artist, Kan Kawada created many stunning stencil prints like this. He is a well-known artist, particularly outside of Japan. Kawada's striking red color and dynamic compositions are highly attractive to collectors worldwide.

Following his death in 1999, the prices of his artwork quickly rose, making his limited edition prints increasingly difficult to find in excellent condition. This particular print is part of a limited edition of only 120 copies.

Technique: Woodblock / Stencil print
Paper size: 11 and 3/8 inches by 14 and 1/2 inches (29 x 36.8 cm)
Image size: 8 and 3/4 inches by 12 inches (22 x 30.5 cm)
Sheet number: 85/120
Date: 1984
Signed: Artist signed "Kan Kawada" in pencil by the artist on the bottom margin
Condition: Overall, the print is in good condition. There is minor toning on the bottom edge, a few paper creases, and spots on the margins. Additionally, some micro-pinholes from the handmade paper process are present on the left margin edge; these are only visible when held up to the light.


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