Oda Kazuma, 1881-1956

Arifuku Hot Spring, Iwami
(Iwami Arifuku onsen)

signed at the upper right, Kazuma hitsu, with artist's seal Oda, dated in margin at lower left, Taisho juyonnen (Taisho 14 [1925]), followed by the title, Iwami Arifuku onsen, published by Watanabe Shozaburo

oban tate-e 15 1/8 by 10 1/2 in., 38.5 by 26.7 cm

Many artists of the first half of the 20th century drifted back and forth between the two poles of sosaku-hanga and shin-hanga. Oda Kazuma was an artist who was able to produce notable works by both means; that is, with a publisher or independently. Born in Tokyo, he studied Western-style painting with Kawamura Kiyoo (1899-1934) and lithography with Kaneko Masajiro. Kazuma worked primarily as a lithographer, but he was also an ukiyo-e enthusiast, publishing two books on the subject. He was a contributor to Hosun ca. 1909-11, an art magazine co-founded by Ishii Hakutei (1882-1958); a founding member (and only lithographer) of Nihon Sosaku-Hanga Kyokai (Creative Print Society) in 1918; Yofu Hangakai (Western Style Print Society) in 1930; and Nihon Hanga Kyokai (Japan Print Association) in 1931. And yet, with all his sosaku-hanga associations, in the 1920s he designed six shin-hanga type woodblock prints published by Watanabe.

Prints: Catalogue of Collections, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 1993, p. 58, cat. no. 484
Brown, Kendall H. & Goodall-Cristante, Hollis, Shin-Hanga: New Prints in Modern Japan, 1996, p. 78, fig. 105, cat. 84



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