Tatsuo Kawashima

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Tatsuo Kawashima

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Winter in Miyama

- Woodblock print
- Image: 12.25” high x 16.5” wide
- Unframed 
- Pencil-signed on lower right, ed. 25 of 230
- Title lower center margin 

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About the work

Tatsuo Kawashima (1939-  ) was born in Kyoto and immersed himself in the city’s strong tradition of printmaking. The rural villages and farm houses that surround Kyoto are among his favorite subjects; Winter in Miyama is one such fine example. 

Miyama is a remote, rural area in the mountains north of Kyoto. The area is famous for its traditional thatched roof farmhouses of the type depicted in this print. Unlike elsewhere, the majority of Miyama’s old houses survive as residential dwellings where people still live and work. Kawashima’s works offer a unique glimpse into these peaceful and historic areas, and convey the nostalgic and rustic atmosphere that defines Japan’s past.    

Kawashima’s technical perfection is the result of rigorous and dedicated training, with an emphasis on traditional techniques and subjects. He learned the art of printmaking as a carver for Kyoto publisher Uchida Arts before starting to create original woodblock prints in 1980. His speciality became the depiction of snow landscapes. Such works require mastery of the effects of light, including the ability to create subtle gradations between light and dark. These skills are highly evident in Winter in Miyama.  

Notes on condition: Generally very good, with small remnants of archival tape on upper two corners of reverse. Minor surface mars on reverse along uppermost edge between the tape remnants. Faint, small handling creases along lower margin.

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