Kazuyuki Ohtsu is one of the foremost woodblock artists of the sōsaku hanga movement. Sōsaku hanga artists handle every step of the production of prints themselves. They paint the original pictures, carve the woodblocks, and print the images. The four prints in this collection capture the beauty of cherry trees, their spring blossoms rich in symbolism, with their brief lifespan and fragile beauty often serving as a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life. Ohtsu’s colors are elemental, deep, and true—expressive without drama. He draws us into his compositions in a poetic contemplation of nature and harmony. Contains five each of the following notecards: A Cherry Tree and Mt. Yatsugatake Flowers in Village Miharutaki Cherry Tree and Moon A Large Cherry Tree in Spring. Contains 20 blank notecards (5 each of 4 designs) with envelopes in a decorative box. Printed in full color on recycled paper with soy based inks. Measures 5 x 7 in.
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