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Shinobazu - Oda  Kazuma prints


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Shinobazu - Oda  Kazuma print

Oda Kazuma

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Date: 1924

Medium: woodblock

Edition size: n/a

Sheet size: 25.5 by 35.4 cm

Condition: excellent

Signature: signed

Price: $1700 (excl. taxes)


with artist's mark Oda at lower left, and title in block Romanji letters, SHINOBAZU, probably self-carved and self-printed; inscribed in sumi ink on verso, Shinobazu Ike Sekkei, Oda Kazuma hanga

oban yoko-e 10 by 13 7/8 in., 25.5 by 35.4 cm

Many artists of the first half of the 20th century drifted back and forth between the two poles of sosaku-hanga and shin-hanga. Oda Kazuma was an artist who was able to produce notable works by both means; that is, with a publisher or independently. Born in Tokyo, he studied Western-style painting with Kawamura Kiyoo (1899-1934) and lithography with Kaneko Masajiro. Kazuma worked primarily as a lithographer, but he was also an ukiyo-e enthusiast, publishing two books on the subject. He was a contributor to Hosun ca. 1909-11, an art magazine co-founded by Ishii Hakutei (1882-1958); a founding member (and only lithographer) of Nihon Sosaku-Hanga Kyokai (Creative Print Society) in 1918; Yofo Hangakai (Western Style Print Society) in 1930; and Nihon Hanga Kyokai (Japan Print Association) in 1931. And yet, with all his sosaku-hanga associations, in the 1920's he designed six shin-hanga type woodblock prints published by Watanabe. This print is likely an example of his self-carved and self-printed works.

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