Benji Asada: Duck
Japan, Showa period, 1950s
Colour woodblock print, oban size, artist's seal and signature, published by Uchida, mid 20th century, 1st edition. Good condition, a few spots.
Benji Asada (1899-1984) was born in Kameoka, a town near Kyoto. He received his art training at the Kyoto City School of Fine Arts and Crafts and the Kyoto City Specialist School of Painting.
Prints depicting birds and flowers are called kacho-e .
They have a long tradition in Chinese and Japanese painting. Hokusai and Hiroshige were the great old masters of kacho-e in the first half of the nineteenth century and the tradition was continued by the shin hanga artists in the 20th century, such as Koson Ohara and Benji Asada.