Oda Kazuma


Fireworks in Osaka (lithograph)

signed and dated, Kazuma Oda 1920

12 7/8 by 18 7/8 in., 32.7 by 48 cm

In the early years of revitalization of Japanese woodblock printmaking, many artists drifted back and forth between the differing approaches of sosaku-hanga (creative prints) and shin-hanga (new prints). While the sosaku-hanga philosphy celebrates the artist as creator, self-carving and self-printing their works; the shin-hanga movement embraces collaboration with professionals, taking advantage of the technical acumen and creative insight of master carvers and printers working with the guidance (and financial resources) of professional publishers. Oda Kazuma was one of the few artists who was able to produce notable works by both means; that is, with a publisher or independently. Although he produced a small series of six shin-hanga style woodblock prints, Scenes of San'in (San'in fukei), with the publisher Watanabe Shozaburo (1885-1962) in 1924, the vast majority of his oeuvre was in the medium of self-printed lithography and issued in very small editions (often 20, sometimes 50 impressions).

Kazuma was a contributor to Hosun ca. 1908-11, an art magazine co-founded by Ishii Hakutei (1882-1958), and was 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. He published two books on ukiyo-e: Eighteen Studies of Ukiyo-e (Ukiyo-e juhachi ko) in 1926, and Ukiyo-e and the Art of Illustration (Ukiyo-e to sashi-e geijutsu) in 1931. He was the only lithographer included in the shin-hanga exhibtion at the Toledo Musuem of Art in 1930 (exhibiting the six woodblock prints produced by Watanabe). In 1953 he established the Oda Lithography Studio (Oda Sekihanjutsu Kenkyujo).

Helen Merritt, Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints, 1990, p. 62
Helen Merrit, Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints, 1992, p. 114
Oda Kazuma Ten: Meiji - Taisho - Showa, Utsuriyuku Fuukei (Oda Kazuma Exhibition: Meiji - Taisho Showa, Changing Scenery), 2000, p. 81, no. 86
John Fiorillo, Viewing Japanese Prints: Oda Kazuma (viewingjapaneseprints.net)

(inv. no. C-3223)

price: $4,200 (reserved)


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