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 ), 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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