Yamamura Koka, Pelicans

Yamamura Koka, Toyonari, 1885-1942


with rich mica ground and karazuri (blind-printed) feathers, signed Toyonari with artist's approval seal Toyonari at lower right, round date seal at lower left Taisho hinoe tora (Taisho, year of the fire tiger [1926]), self published

oban yoko-e 10 5/8 by 15 1/2 in., 27.1 by 39.3 cm

In 1916, publisher Watanabe Shozaburo (1885-1962) saw one of Koka's actor paintings at the government-sponsored exhibition Inten and asked to make a print from it that same year. Watanabe subsequently published another actor print in 1917, and then two more in 1919. Contrary to popular belief, Flowers of the Theatrical World (Rien no Hana), an important series of twelve ōkubi-e actor prints designed by Koka in 1920-1922, were not published by Watanabe but by the Yamamura Koka Hanga Kankokai (Publication Society of Yamamura Koka's Prints), a group of supporters comprised primarily of collectors. In 1924 he began self-publishing non-actor prints including landscapes and kacho-ga

Carolyn M. Putney, et al., Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints, Toledo Museum of Art, 2013, p. 238-239, cat. no. 218 (edition of 100 impressions)
Andreas Marks, Seven Masters: 20th Century Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Wells Collection, a forthcoming publication from The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, release date August 2015


Yamamura Koka, Pelicans

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