Kawano, Kaoru

Kaoru Kawano was born in Otaru, Hokkaido in 1916, and studied at Kawabata art school in 1934. Because his earlier works showed such great promise, they were displayed at the Nihon Hanga Kyokai Exhibition (Japan Print Society) in 1944. He interrupted his print-making activities to join the army, but later was unfortunate to become a prisoner of war in Siberia. In 1949 he resumed exhibiting with Nihon Hanga Kyokai, and subsequently with Kokugakai in 1952. He moved to Tokyo in 1958, and participated in international competitions and solo exhibitions in New York, Seattle, Chicago, and elsewhere. His works are characterised by highly textured abstract representations of children.

Based on my current understanding, Kawano's editions can be categorised into the following groups:

  1. Double-Oban prints

  2. Kawano's double-oban prints are mostly limited-edition lifetime strikes that have both a pencil signature within the image and an edition number in the bottom margin. There appears to be very few posthumous editions of these prints (the print called "Hair" below is a rare example). Posthumous editions will have neither an edition number, nor a hand-written pencil signature within the image. Instead, they will generally have a black circular seal on the verso, stencil text in the bottom margin, and possibly an impressed signature within the image.

  3. Pencil-signed Oban prints

  4. Kawano's oban-sized pencil-signed prints are all lifetime strikes. There may be one exception to this 'rule' -- a landscape print called "Winter Mansion" that may carry edition number, title, and artist signature in the bottom margin like the double-oban prints (this print may be an example of the artist's earliest work).

  5. Oban prints without pencil signature

  6. Kawano's oban-sized prints that are not pencil-signed are all posthumous strikes. These prints will always have a black circular seal on the verso.

  7. Chuban and smaller sized prints with pencil signature

  8. Kawano's chuban and postcard sized prints that are pencil-signed are obviously all lifetime strikes. The signature is always in the margin area. Those prints without a pencil signature are probably all posthumous editions.


Double-oban size limited editions

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Butterflies ( C )
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Camellia (D) - つばき(D)
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Camellia (E) - つばき(E)
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Camellia H - 椿 (H)
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Cross - 十字
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Dancing Figure (Camellia) - 椿孥
Date: 1950s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Dancing Figure (Kamuro) - かむろ
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Dancing Figure (Mai Ogi) - 舞扇
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Dancing Figure (Sagimusume) - 鷲娘
Date: 1960s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Dancing Figure (Snow Camellia)
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Doves and Girl - 鳩と少女
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Face (B) - 顔 (B)
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Hagoromo (A) - 飛天 (A)
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Hagoromo (B) - 飛天 (B)
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Hair - 髪
Date: c1960s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Kokeshi - こけし
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Little Flora - 花
Date: 1950s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Little Flora C - 花(C)
Date: c1960s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Nara Pagoda - 奈良の塔
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Night Perfume - 夜の梅
Date: c1960s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: On the Grass - 草
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Quiet Couple
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Quiet Rain - 雨
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Seed (Tanpopo) - たんぽぽ
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Small Bird (B) - 小鳥(B)
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Twilight (D) - ?光
Date: 1950s/60s

Oban-size editions

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Camellia C - 椿(C)
Date: 1950s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Candle Light
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Child and Flower
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Child with Flowers and Butterflies
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Dancing figure - Kamuro - かむろ
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Dancing Figure (Camellia) - 椿孥
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Dancing Figure (Mai Ogi)
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Dancing Figure (Snow Camellia)
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Dream
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Harmony - 笛
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Long Necks
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Mother and Child
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Plum - 梅
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Quiet Rain - 雨
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Sacred Crane
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Sacred Crane C
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Spring - 春
Date: 1950s/60s

Artist: Kawano, Kaoru (1916-1965) - 河野薫
Title: Three Eyes - ミミズく
Date: 1950s/60s


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