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- Towadako no Aki (Autumn at Lake Towada) -

Sotaro Yasui


Amazing woodblock print "Towadako no Aki" (Autumn at Lake Towada) is by Sotaro Yasui (1888-1955). Rarely seen offered for sale. Printed in Showa 10 nen (1935). Published by Kyuryudo. Dated "Showa 10 nen 9 gatsu" (September 1935), Publisher name on the lower right margin, and edition number on the bottom margin. This magnificent print is extremely rare and desirable. The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo has a copy of this print.

Sotaro Yasui was one of the Japanese famous Western-style painters/artists. In the 1930s, Kyuryudo publisher released several woodblock prints by Sotaro Yasui. In 1936, Kiyoshi Saito was inspired by Yasui's woodblock prints, especially "Girl in New Year Clothes" and started making woodblock prints while being self-taught. Sotaro Yasui had a strong influence on Kiyoshi Saito who later became the worldwide famous artist. 

Technique: Woodblock
Paper size: 17 and 5/8 x 12 and 3/4 inches (44.7 x 32.4 cm)
Image size: 15 and 7/8  x 11 and 1/4 inches (40.3 x 28.5 cm)
Sheet number: 14/100 
Date: 1935
Signed: Artist red seal "So" from Sotaro on the lower-left corner of the image
Condition: Very good condition for its age. Minor toning. Very faint mat line along the edge of the image (only the yellow and green parts). Please see the pictures. Once tipped on top of verso.


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