ItemUmetaro Azechi, 山のABC (Mountain ABC)

Umetaro Azechi (1902–1999) was a renowned Japanese printmaker known for his vivid, dynamic representations of mountain landscapes and the rugged life of mountaineers. Largely self-taught in the arts, Azechi's distinctive style blends elements of folk art with modernist aesthetics, characterized by bold lines, stark contrasts, and a deep connection to nature. His work reflects his passion for mountaineering, embodying the spirit of adventure and the reverence for the natural world. Azechi became a significant figure in the Sosaku Hanga movement, emphasizing the artist's involvement in every step of the printmaking process, from design to cutting and printing.