By the hand of one of the masters of 20th century Japanese printmaking is this woodblock on paper, 14 1/4" by 19" ( 21 1/2 by 25 3/4" framed), signed in pencil at lower right by the artist within the image area, and bearing inscriptions in Japanese in the margin at lower left and lower right. The image is a traditional temple garden in winter, a light snow covering the lanterns and roof, and apparently wilted flowers killed by the cold unable to lift their heads. The print appears to be in excellent condition though I have not examined it out of the frame. There is some old mildew on the inside of the glass, especially at upper right, and silk mat at lower left is water stained but it appears that the print itself has escaped damage. Sekino was creating art before age 20. He knew Shiko Munakata, the famous printmaker, while still young, as they were from the same area. By 1932 Sekino was exhibiting. He was in Tokyo in 1939, studying with master Koshiro Onchi, but World War II proved to be a huge disruption to the art community. Not until the 1950's did Sekino emerge from the dark war years, showing his work in European Biennales. In 1963 he made his first trip to the USA, and by 1963 he was actually teaching printmaking at Oregon State University. In the post-war years, Sekino's unusual combination of artistic and technical mastery was fully recognized, and he received the wide international recognition he had earned. The artist mixed woodblock with western techniques like lithography and etching, to great effect. See the net for much more on the artist and his work.
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