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 [1924]), self-published with the support of the Yamamura Koka Hanga Kankokai (Publication Society of Yamamura Koka's prints), ca. 1924

oban tate-e 15 7/8 by 11 in., 40.3 by 27.9 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 okubi-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.

In 1922 Koka submitted a triptych of floral paintings, Three Vases, to the 9th Inten, one of which, an arrangement in a similar jar, appears to be the inspiration for this print.

Carolyn M. Putney, et. al., Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints, Toledo Museum of Art, 2013, p. 238-239, cat. no. 218
Andreas Marks, Seven Masters: 20th Century Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Wells Collection, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2015, p. 220, illustration no. 17 (painting)

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