Today was a special day because I received my first ever woodblock print. I've been searching for a woodblock print for a while now and finally found one. This print design is by Shiro Kasamatsu and is titled Misty Evening at Shinobazu Pond, Tokyo — 不忍池 (1932). The image itself is absolutely beautiful, very poetic and I feel like I see something new every time I look at it.
I've always loved Japanese aesthetics + culture and I started looking more seriously at woodblock prints when I found out that Claude Monet was a collector of them. You can see the influence of woodblock prints in many impressionist works. I enjoy the poetic color palette and the perspectives they employed.
Like many great works, photos don't do it justice, but I tried to get some good shots regardless. In person, it has a soft bluish tone to it and the lanterns have a subtle glow to them. The work has a feeling of solidity and changes mood based on lighting conditions. It's a really wonderful image and I look forward to enjoying it for many years.
If you'd like to learn more about Shiro Kasamatsu, CLICK HERE.