Vintage Kaoru Kawano Woodblock Print Description and Item Information Up for sale is this unframed, vintage woodblock print by the Japanese artist, Kaoru Kawano. Please excuse any glare in the photos. This mid-century modern print depicts two kitty cats; one is sleeping, and the other is curled up, yet awake. The artwork is on thick paper with irregular edges. This paper measures approximately 11 3/8 inches by 17 inches. This would be a whimiscal addition to a collection of Japanese art. Verso, there is a pencil-written, “KL-20″ or K6-20. ” There also are ink-stamped markings verso, as shown, including a round chop mark and, “MADE IN JAPAN. Kaoru Kawano was active during the mid-1940s to the early 1960s. The exact age of this circa 1950s print is not known. Per Ronin Gallery, Kaoru Kawano was born in Hokkaido in 1916. He studied at the Kawabata Art School during the mid-1930s. He was active in the sosaku hanga movement, and he became internationally well-known after successful solo exhibitions in North America. His works combine Western-style elements with traditional woodblock printing techniques. Condition This print is unframed. The paper has some rippling. There is a tiny pinhole to the top margin, at the center (see views in Photos 1 and 4). There are a few creases (most noticeable example shown in Photo 8). There is slight yellowing to the white margin from previous framing. The top margin verso has residue from two strips of tape and there are slight surface losses to the bottom edge on the back side where it was previously affixed to a board for framing (see Photo 4). The edges are irregular, as made. The ink from the chop mark on the back side bled through slightly to the front (see Photo 8). Terms of Sale 1. Payments must be received within three days of the end of the listing, unless prior arrangements have been made. Some countries have restrictions or prohibitions on certain classes of merchandise. And international government regulations prohibit such behavior. Individual computers may display colors differently. The item “VINTAGE KAORU KAWANO (1916-1965) CATS KITTENS JAPANESE WOODBLOCK PRINT ART JAPAN” is in sale since Thursday, March 14, 2019. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Asian\1900-Now\Japanese\Prints, Paintings & Posters”. The seller is “craigkc” and is located in Sunny California. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Japan
- New or Used: Used