Kaoru Kawano Woodblock Print Image Database

Listed below are all of the Kaoru Kawano prints that I have catalogued, although this is certainly an incomplete list. Kawano was active from the mid-1940s to the early 1960s, during which time he became internationally renown. Unfortunately, no publicly available catalog of his prints exists, and he never included a date on even his limited-edition prints, so determining print design date is very difficult, and those dates given below are only estimates.

Based on my current (incomplete!) understanding of Kawano's prints, his editions can be categorised into the following groups:

  1. Double-Oban prints (approx. 35 x 50cm)

  2. Kawano's double-oban prints are mostly limited-edition lifetime strikes that have both a pencil signature (within the image or in the bottom margin) and an edition number in the bottom margin. There appears to be very few posthumous editions of these prints (the prints called "Butterflies (C)" and "Hair" below are rare examples). 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 (approx. 25 x 35cm)

  4. Kawano's oban-sized pencil-signed prints are all lifetime strikes.
  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.

The above groupings should not be considered concrete, as they are based on anecdotal evidence only. If you have a differing opinion to the above, or you have prints that do not fit the above categories, I would love to hear from you (email me here). Also, large scans or digital images of prints that do not appear in the catalog are most welcome. Thanks to all Kawano print owners who have generously made image contributions to help build this database.

PS: I purchase Kawano limited edition prints for my personal Kawano collection. Please read here before emailing me.

Double Oban Sized Prints (approx. 35 x 50cm, 14 x 20 inches)
Butterflies (C) Dancing Figure (Mai Ogi) Dancing Figure (Camellia) Unknown Title - Dancing Figure (Sagimusume)
Butterflies (C)
No L.E. Number
c1950s
Dancing Figure (Mai Ogi)
L.E. of 300
c1950s
Dancing Figure (Camellia)
椿孥
L.E. of 300
c1950s
Dancing Figure (Eshima)
No L.E. Number
c1950s
Dancing Figure (Sagimusume)
L.E. of 300
c1950s
Dancing Figure (Snow Camellia) Face (B) Dancing Figure (Camellia) Little Flora (C) Little Flora (B)
Dancing Figure (Snow Camellia)
L.E. of 200
c1950s
Face (B)
L.E. of 150
c1950s
Kokeshi Doll
L.E. of 100
c1950s
Little Flora (C)
L.E. of 300
c1960s
Little Flora (B)
L.E. of 200
c1950s
Sacred Crane (D) Small Bird (B) Short Hair (Tanpotsu) Twilight (C) Twilight (C)
Sacred Crane (D)
L.E. of 200
c1950s
Small Bird (B)
L.E. of 100
c1950s
Seed (Tanpopo)
L.E. of 100
c1950s
Twilight (C)
L.E. of 100
c. late 1950s
Woodpeckers
L.E. of 50
c1950s
Quiet Rain (B) Hair Buddha with Flower Camellia (H) Camellia (H)
Quiet Rain (B)
L.E. of 200
c1950s
Hair
L.E. of 300
<1963
Buddha with Flower
L.E. of 300
c1960s
Camellia (H)
L.E. of 300
c1960s
Sacred Crane (E)
L.E. of 200
c1950s
Winter Mansion Camellia (H) Quiet Couple (Oshidori) Camellia (H) Quiet Couple (Oshidori)
Winter Mansion
L.E. of 50
c1950s
Kwannon
L.E. of 100
c. late 1950s
Quiet Couple
L.E. of 100
c1950s
Dream
L.E. of 200
c1950s
Quiet Rain
L.E. of 100
c1950s
Gentle Breeze Moonlight Night Night Perfume Sacred Crane (C) Night Perfume
Gentle Breeze
L.E. of 50
c1950s
Moonlight Night
L.E. of 200
c. late 1950s or early 1960s
Night Perfume (?), or "Plum and Young Girl"
L.E. of 100
c. 1950s
Sacred Crane (C)
L.E. of 200
c. 1950s or early 1960s
Night Perfume
L.E. of 100
c. 1950s
Little Flora Nude No. 1 Doves and Girl Sacred Crane (B) Conversation
Little Flora

L.E. of 50
c1950s
Nude (No. 1)
L.E. of 200
c1950s
Doves and Girl
鳩と少女
L.E. of 50
c1950s
Sacred Crane (B)
L.E. of 200
c1950s
Conversation
L.E. of both 50 and 100
c1950s
Long Necks Kawano Kaoru - Dancing Figure (Kamuro) May Dancing Figure (Kamuro) Harmony
Long Necks
L.E. of 100
c1950s
Dancing Figure (Kamuro)
かむろ
L.E. of 300
c1960s
May
むぎ
L.E. of 50
c1950s

Dancing Figure (Taki)

L.E. of 300
c1960s

Harmony
L.E. of 50
c1950s
Camellia (G) Kawano Kaoru - On the Grass Camellia (D) Temple In Nara Twilight (D)
Camellia (G)
L.E. of 200
c. 1950s

On The Grass

L.E. of 100
c. 1950s

Camellia (D)
L.E. of 200
c. 1950s

Temple In Nara
L.E. of 100
c. 1950s

Twilight (D)
L.E. of 300
c. 1960s

Face Cross Forlorn Small Bird (C) Red Candle
Face
L.E. of 100

c. 1950s

Cross
L.E. of 200
十字
c. late 1950s

Forlorn
L.E. of 100
c. late 1950s

Small Bird (C)
L.E. of 100
小鳥
c. 1950s

Red Candle
c. 1950s

Maria Kwannon Camellia Camellia (I) Three Eyes Woodpecker (B)
Maria Kwannon
L.E. of ?

Camellia
L.E. of 150

Camellia (I)
L.E. of 200
c. late 1950s

Three Eyes
L.E. of 50
c. early 1950s

Woodpecker (B)
L.E. of 200
c. late 1950s

Twilight (B) Shell Fan
Twilight (B)
L.E. of 100

Shell
L.E. of 50
1950s

Fan
L.E. of 150
1950s/60s

Little Bird
L.E. of 50
1950s

Oban Sized Prints (approx. 25 x 35cm, 10 x 16 inches)
Seed (Tanpotsu) Sylvan Unknown Title - Candle Light Unknown Title - Child And Flower Unknown Title -
Seed
(Tanpopo)
c1950s
Sylvan
c1950s
Unknown Title,
Candle Light
c1950s
Unknown Title,
Child And Flower
c1950s
Unknown Title,
Child with Flowers and Butterflies
c1950s
Unknown Title, A Girl with Flowers Dancing Figure (Mai Ogi) Dancing Figure (Camellia) Dancing Figure (Snow Camellia) Quiet Couple
Dream
c1950s
Dancing Figure
(Mai Ogi)
c1950s
Dancing Figure
(Camellia)
c1950s
Dancing Figure
(Snow Camellia)
c1950s
Quiet Couple (Oshidori)
c1950s
Moonlight Night Fan Doves and Girl Unknown Title, Girl with Long Hair Kokeshi doll
Moonlight Night
c. late 1950s or early 1960s
Fan
c1950s
Doves and Girl
c1950s
Gentle Breeze
c1950s
Kokeshi doll
c1950s
Unknown Title, Running Rooster Small Bird (B) Unknown Title, Standing Crane Unknown Title, Tancho (Japanese crane) Unknown Title, The Big Owl
Unknown Title,
Running Rooster
c1950s
Small Bird (B)

c1950s
Unknown Title,
Standing Crane
c1950s
Unknown Title,
Tancho (Japanese crane)
c1950s
Unknown Title,
The Big Owl
c1950s
Unknown Title, Two Girls Two Kittens Three Eyes Dancing Figure (Eshima) Unknown Title, Child and Butterfly
Unknown Title,
Two Girls
c1950s
Unknown Title
Two Kittens
c1950s
Three Eyes
c1950s
Dancing Figure (Eshima)
c1950s
Unknown Title,
Child and Butterfly
c1950s
Unknown Title, Red Kimono Shell and Child's Face Night Perfume Unknown Title, Girl in Shell Unknown Title, Girl Praying
Dancing Figure (Kamuro)
c1960s
Shell
c1950s
Night Perfume
c1950s
Unknown Title
Girl in Shell
c1950s
Unknown Title,
Girl Praying
c1950s
Unknown Title, Girl Relaxing Child and Flowers Quiet Rain May Unknown Title, Red Child and White Bird
Unknown Title,
Girl Relaxing
c. before 1964
Unknown Title
Child and Flowers
c1950s
Quiet Rain
c1950s
May
c1950s
Small Bird (C)
c1950s
Winter Mansion Tree Child and Woodpeckers Unknown Title, Girl In Floral Kimono Unknown Title, Child in Cloak Unknown Title, Child in Fruit Garden
Winter Mansion
c1950s
Woodpeckers
c1950s
Camellia
c1950s
Night Perfume, or Plum
c1950s
Unknown Title,
Child in Fruit Garden
c1950s
Unknown Title, Child and Bird Mystery Sacred Crane (C) Conversation Maria Kwannon
Unknown Title,
Child and Bird
c1950s
Mystery
c1950s
Sacred Crane (C)
c1950s
Conversation
c1950s
Maria Kwannon
Unknown Title, Child and Bird Unknown Title, Yellow Canary Unknown Title, Child and Mask Unknown Title, Child with Long Hair Camellia (H)
Woodpeckers
c1950s
Unknown Title,
Yellow Canary
c1950s
Unknown Title,
Child and Mask
c1950s

Little Flora
c1950s
Kwannon
c1950s
Twilight C UHarmony Unknown Title, Four Cranes and Child Temple In Nara
Twilight C
c1950s
Harmony Long Necks

Temple In Nara
Smaller Sized
Unknown Title - A Kitten Unknown Title - Two Owls Unknown Title - Child and Bird Unknown Title - Crane Unknown Title - Sacred Crane
Unknown Title
A Kitten (Chuban)
c1950s
Unknown Title
Two Owls (Postcard)
c1950s
Unknown Title
Child and Bird (Chuban)
c1950s
Unknown Title
Crane (Chuban)
c1950s
Unknown Title
Sacred Crane (Chuban)
c1950s
Sleeping Child Unknown Title - Unknown Title - Child and Fan Unknown Title - Child with Birds in Hair Unknown Title - Child with Flowers
Unknown Title
Sleeping Child (Chuban)
c1950s
Unknown Title
Lovebirds (Chuban)
c1950s
Unknown Title
Child and Fan (Chuban)
c1950s
Unknown Title
Child with Birds in Hair (Chuban)
c1960s
Unknown Title
Child with Flowers (Chuban)
c1960s
Sleeping Child
Unknown Title
Child and Candle (Chuban)
c1950s

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