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- Shinshu Matsumoto-jo (Matsumoto Castle in Shinshu) -

Shiro Kasamatsu


The breathtaking woodblock print "Shinshu Matsumoto-jo" (Matsumoto Castle in Shinshu) is by Shiro Kasamatsu (1898-1992). This very subtle and serene night image of Matsumoto Castle was produced by Watanabe publisher in a limited edition of 195 copies to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Shiro Kasamatsu's birth and published by Kyodo Shuppan-sha in Heisei 10 nen (1998).  The Japanese title "信州松本城" (Shinshu Matsumoto-jo) and the date "昭和9年夏" (Showa 9 nen Natsu, Summer 1934) are on the left margin. The artist's signature "紫浪" with the artist's red seal is on the lower right of the image. Watanabe's Heisei seal "わたなべ" and the printer's seal "堀川昭三郎" (Horikawa Shozaburo) are on the lower left margin. This is a later printing from the original blocks. There is a red approval seal "Kasamatsu Kyosuke" (Shiro's son) and the sheet number 100/195 on the verso.

Technique: Woodblock 
Paper size: 10 and 5/8 by 15 and 1/2 inches (27 x 39.5 cm)
Image size: 9 and 3/8 by 14 and 1/8 inches (23.8 x 36 cm)
Sheet number: 100/195
Date: 1934 This is a later printing from the original blocks in 1998.
Signature: Artist's signature "紫浪” with the artist's red seal on the lower right of the image. 
Condition: Pristine condition. 


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