Shiro Kasamatsu studied under the painter Kiyokata Kaburagi from a young age. In 1919, after showing in several painting exhibitions, he was approached by the prominent Tokyo art publisher and dealer Shōzaburō Watanabe, who asked him to produce prints for the shin hanga (new print) movement. Kasamatsu agreed, and over the next several decades he specialized in designing shin hanga landscapes, bijin (beautiful women), and especially Noh masks. After the war, Kasamatsu, wanting more creative control, joined the sōsaku hanga (creative print) movement, in which the artist designs, carves, and prints his images himself. Kasamatsu signed his name in English, as a way of marking that the print was made by one artist.
Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University, Gift of William E. Harkins
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Woodblock print; plate: 14-1/2 x 9-3/4 in. (37.0 x 24.9 cm), sheet: 16-1/2 x 11-1/4 in. (42.0 x 28.5 cm)