Ikeda Shuzo well known for his woodblock prints of children. This example of his work measures 11 3/4" x 19 3/4" image and 17 1/2" by 25" as framed. The artwork is in very good condition. Not examined out of the frame. Signed in pencil, dated and numbered 38/50. Shuzo Ikeda was born in 1922 in Kisakata-machi, Akita Prefecture. He graduated from Tokyo Higher Normal School in 1945, taught in Akita from 1946-1955, and then worked in Tokyo as a Hanga artist. Shuzo carefully employed the texture of wood in his prints, and specialized in stylized wide-eyed children with flowers, birds, insects, sacred stone images, and native dolls. A typical print subject of Shuzo Ikeda is children in a natural environment - surrounded by birds or flowers. The images of children, and sometimes young women or dolls, are stylized in a way unique to the artist, but reminiscent of the work of Kiyoshi Saito in their use of the natural grain of the woodblocks carved to impress the print.