Yamamura Koka, Toyonari, 1885-1942
Jar and Zinnia
(Tsubo to hyakunichiso)
signed Toyonari ga, with artist's seal Toyonari, and date seal Taisho kinoe ne (Taisho, year of the wood rat ), self-published ca. 1924
oban tate-e 15 7/8 by 11 in., 40.3 by 27.9 cm
Koka produced thirty-three woodblock prints in his career, and only four of them with Watanabe. Most were self-published with the support of the Yamamura Koka Hanga Kankokai (Publication Society of Yamamura Koka's Prints). In the spring of 1940 Koka was drafted by the Japanese government as a war artist with an infantry branch of the Imperial Japanese Army with its headquarters in Nanjing. He was sent to the southern front where he produced sketches for two paintings which were presented by the Ministry of the Military to the Imperial family. That same year, Koka's son was killed in the war, followed by his wife, who he had relied on for considerable support. His health failed rapidly and he ceased to produce new work.
Carolyn M. Putney, et al., Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints, Toledo Museum of Art, 2013, p. 236, cat. no. 214 (edition of 150 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
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