An unframed woodblock print by the hand of one of the masters of 20th century Japanese printmaking, 12 1/2" by 17 3/4" inside the existing mat (the full sheet 16 5/8" by 21 1/2", as permanently laid down on a board), signed in pencil by the artist at lower right and bearing his red seal. The image is of a major traditional multi-tiered temple, perhaps the famous one at Himeji on Honshu, shown in winter with snow on the nearby pines. 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. CONDITION: visually, excellent; but in the unfortunate habit of its mid-century time, the print was affixed permanently to the backing and the overmat was also affixed with adhesive. Lifting it off has left the paper residue of the mat, as shown in the images. A paper restorer could likely remove the work from the board and possibly could remove the residue now in the margin areas, though, of course, at some expense. The print collector purist might pass this one by; the purchaser who appreciates the imagery, and would just want to reframe, would be quite satisfied with the decorative power of this print.
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