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Sumio Kawakami


Oji Paper
(Oji Seishi)

self-carved, self-printed; signed in penciled Roman script, S. Kawakami, ca. 1948

koban 6 1/4 by 8 1/2 in., 16 by 21.5 cm

Kawakami was an English teacher and self-taught sosaku hanga artist who was a member of the Kokuga Sosaku Kyokai (National Painting Creation Association), which became the Kokugakai, a member of Nihon Sosaku-Hanga Kyokai (Japan Creative Print Association), and a founding member of Nihon Hanga Kyokai (Japan Print Association).

This landscape is an early composition, most of his later works were produced using a single black-outline block with hand-coloring in a similar manner as his famous follower, Shiko Munakata (1903-1975), although Kawakami would apply the ink to the front of the paper.

The Shoshi Kaisha paper company was founded in 1873 by the industrialist Shibusawa Eichi, who established its first mill in the village of Oji, which was a suburb of Tokyo. Shibusawa had visited Europe from 1867 through 1868 with the delegation that began at the Worlds Fair in Paris in the entourage of Tokugawa Akitake (1853-1910), the younger half-brother of the last shogun. In 1889 Shibusawa renamed the company Oji Paper after the location of its first mill, and today, Oji Holdings is one of the largest paper companies in the world.

Nihon no hanga V 1941-1950, "Nihon no hanga" to wa nani ka (Japanese Prints IV, 1941-1950, What is a 'Japanese Print'), Chiba City Museum of Art, 2008, p. 95, no. 161-5

price: Sold


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