An image of Asakusa shrine in Tokyo

TAKAHASHI Hiroaki

(Japan 1870 – 1945)

Asakusa shrine in Tokyo

Location
Not on display
Further information

Takahashi was trained in 'nihonga' or the Japanese-style painting, and drew illustrations for newspapers and textbooks for a living. He began collaborating with the print publisher Watanabe Shôzaburô from 1907 producing souvenir prints for export. This collaboration preceded the New Prints - Wantanabe's famous enterprise of producing high-quality prints through the traditional printmaking process, which began in 1915.

Takahashi used the 'gô' Shôtei (his real name was Katsutarô) until around 1921 when he changed the name to Hiroaki (also pronounced Kômyô) and developed a more personal style, possibly stimulated by the artistically conscious 'New Print' movement.

Asian Art Dept.
AGNSW 16 October 2001

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Shôwa period 1926–1988
Year
1926
Media
Print
Medium
colour woodcut
Dimensions
24.2 x 36.3 cm image; 26.4 x 38.8 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed l.r. margin, pencil "Komyo Takahashi".
Dated lower c., black ink, in Japanese "[1926]".

Credit
Gift of G F Williams 1995
Accession number
420.2001