Ikeda Shuzo well known for his woodblock prints of children. This example of his work measures 11 3/4" x 19 3/4" image and 17 1/2" by 25" as framed. The artwork is in very good condition. Not examined out of the frame. Signed in pencil, dated and numbered 38/50. Shuzo Ikeda was born in 1922 in Kisakata-machi, Akita Prefecture. He graduated from Tokyo Higher Normal School in 1945, taught in Akita from 1946-1955, and then worked in Tokyo as a Hanga artist. Shuzo carefully employed the texture of wood in his prints, and specialized in stylized wide-eyed children with flowers, birds, insects, sacred stone images, and native dolls. A typical print subject of Shuzo Ikeda is children in a natural environment - surrounded by birds or flowers. The images of children, and sometimes young women or dolls, are stylized in a way unique to the artist, but reminiscent of the work of Kiyoshi Saito in their use of the natural grain of the woodblocks carved to impress the print.
Ikeda Shuzo Japanese woodblock print of three happy children playing on swings 1962 pencil signed limited edition