Umetaro Azechi - Mountain Printmaker / A large 128-page paperback (about 8.75 x 11.5 inches) overview of this excellent Japanese printmaker (1902-1999) / text in Japanese / light wear, text is clean and appendix is included / out-of-print book
Azechi became known for his paintings of mountains and the people who live there. He became a regular mountain climber, and became well-known for his writing on the topic. His art style was primitive, but intentionally so in the same way as the naive artists. He used the same striped patterns on both people and animals, showing the similarities between the two. Because he did so many landscapes and art depicting the natural world, he used mostly cool colors like blues, greens, and purples.
Museums that hold Azechi's works include the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the British Museum.