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- Bara (Roses) -

Sotaro Yasui


The wonderful Western-style woodblock print "Bara" (Roses) is by Sotaro Yasui (1888-1955). Rarely seen offered for sale. Printed in Showa 9 nen (1934). Published by Kyuryudo. Publisher name on the lower left margin and edition number on the bottom margin. Roses are a very famous and popular subject of his artworks. This old 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: 13 and 1/4 x 18 and 5/8 inches (33.7 x 47.3 cm)
Image size: 11 and 5/8 x 16 and 1/2 inches (29.5 x 42 cm)
Sheet number: 93/100 
Date: 1934
Signed: Artist red seal "So" from Sotaro on the lower-left corner of the image
Condition: Good to fair condition for its age. Toning, soils, and minor creases as shown. Very faint mat line along the edge of the image. Once taped on top of verso. Three drying pin holes on the top margin corners. Please see the pictures.


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