Henri Kato landscape
Henri Kato landscape

Henri Kato landscape

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Tsuneshichi “Henri” Kato (1911-?)

Man walking in snowy landscape.

Painting: Snow in Mist ca. 1960;

Watercolor, 12 x 19" signed lower left.

Condition: Very good overall: there is a graphite pencil mark just below the signature; matted and framed.

Provenance: From the collection of artist Joseph Arcier

Known primarily (and internationally) as a fabric designer, Kato began in 1966 to produce watercolors, often in order to capture the mood and atmosphere inherent in one of his fabrics. His naive technique led to comparisons with Henri Rousseau, and the nickname stuck, especially with westerners. His unique career is delved into by an article in Rotarion magazine in January 1978 (Vol. 132, Nº 1) written by David M. Checkley. 
(Entry and authentication by Roger T. Reed)