(Japan 1891 – 1955)
- Not on display
- Further information
Onchi Kôshiro is arguably the most important printmaker in modern Japan and the first Japanese artist to work in abstract expression with his 'Bright hours' made in 1915. An art student who admired works by Takehisa Yumeji, Onchi first emerged as a printmaker with 'Tsukuhae', a magazine of prints and poetry with Tanaka Kyôkichi and Fujimori Shizuo in 1914. The magazine ceased in 1915 with Tanaka's death, but it marked a major step in the Creative Print Movement (Sôsaku Hanga Undô) which had begun during the first decade of the 20th century by artists who took up the print as means of self expression rather than as means of reproduction of images. In this context, the magazine marked the beginning of the expression of emotional and psychological anxiety in the creative print movement. Onchi pursued his interest in abstract expression whilst continuing to produce figurative works.
- Place of origin
- Japan: Shôwa period 1926–1988
- colour woodcut
- 34.7 x 26.6 cm image; 36.3 x 26.8 cm sheet
- Signature & date
Signed l.r. corner, pencil "Koshiro Onzi".
Signed and dated u.l. corner, pencil "K. Onchi/-48".
- Purchased with funds provided by the Japan Foundation 1998
- Accession number
- © Estate of ONCHI Kôshirô