Woodblock print of the year 1971, pencil signed, titled at lower left in English "Warm Day", and numbered 154/252, by the Japanese printmaker KIYOSHI NAGAI (1911-1984). Nagai was born in Tokyo and received schooling there in the fine arts, beginning to work in woodblock after the end of the war. By the 1970's he was achieving recognition for his work, exhibiting at the Tokyo Print Biennale of 1964. The artist worked also in a very different, more abstract style, with color, and those works he commonly signed as "Hiroyuki Tajima". This work appears to be in excellent condition. All photos were taken through the old style cloudy non-glare glass, which blurs detail. I recommend discarding it in favor of regular glass. Measurements 15 1/2" by 11" inside the mat, 19 1/4" by 15 1/4" as framed. See the label of The Red Lantern Gallery of Kyoto, from which this was evidently purchased.
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