KARHU Clifton (1927 - 2007) - woodblock

Gombei (soba shop)



16" x 16"

Known in Japan as "the blue-eyed Japanese", Karhu -- a former Lutheran missionary -- adopted the kimono as his everyday wear and was instantly recognizable to most Japanese through his many television appearances. Soon after arrival in Japan he learned woodblock printmaking and traditional brush painting. During his lifetime he carved and printed more than 1500 images, many of Kyoto or Kanazawa, both cities that he loved and called his home for many years.

Karhu boasts many devoted collectors, and images of his are in high demand, particularly those featuring his distinctive depictions of rainy scenes. This print is a truly lovely example of his style, which can be characterized by a bold usage of strong colors, something he attributed to his study with the Synchromist artist Stanton MacDonald Wright.



Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Cincinnati Art Museum
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Kunst Museum, Salzburg, Austria
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
 U.S.Chamber of Commerce,  Tokyo, Japan
Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA

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