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Takeji Asano
Showa Kyoto City School of Fine Arts, and Kyoto City specialist School of Painting woodblock prints
Japanese, (1900–1999)
Takeji Asano was born in Kyoto. Like Tomikichiro Tokuriki, he underwent long and intensive art training - first at the Kyoto City School of Fine Arts, from which he graduated in 1919 and later at the Kyoto City specialist School of Painting, graduating in 1923. One of his teachers was Tsuchida Bakusen.

In 1930, Asano participated in the series Sosaku hanga shin Kyoto junikagetsu - Creative Prints of Twelve Months in New Kyoto. Other contributing artists were Tokuriki Tomikichiro and Asada Benji. Further landscape prints followed in the 1930s.

After the war in 1947, Asano created the series Kinki meisho fukei - Noted Views in the Kyoto-Osaka Area. This series was self-carved and self-printed by the artist with a high technical level.

Next to Unichi Hiratsuka, Azechi Umetaro and Tomikichiro Tokuriki, Takeji Asano became another Methuselah of the Japanese printmaking artists. He died in 1999 at the age of 99. Helen Merritt reports that he continued to work as a printmaker in the 1970s and 1980s.

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