An image of Form no.11, red

ONCHI Kôshirô

(Japan 1891 – 1955)

Form no.11, red

Location
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
Period
Japan: Shôwa period 1926–1988
Year
Oct 1949
Media
Print
Medium
colour woodcut
Dimensions
51.1 x 40.8 cm image; 54.2 x 47.2 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed l.r., ink [stamped] "ONZI".
Dated l.r.coener, pencil "... / Oct-49".

Credit
Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 1998
Accession number
248.1998
Copyright
© Estate of ONCHI Kôshirô