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Night Fishing at Tsukuda

Night Fishing at Tsukuda
by Shotei Takahashi (1871-1945) Hiroaki

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Artist: Shotei Takahashi (1871-1945) Hiroaki 松亭高橋、弘明
Title: Night Fishing at Tsukuda
Date of first edition?1930 (circa)
Date of this artwork?c 1930 (may not be accurate)
Publisher (first edition)?Watanabe 渡辺
Publisher (this edition)?Watanabe 渡辺
Medium (first edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (first edition): Mitsugiri
Format (this edition): Mitsugiri
DB artwork code: 27166
Notes (first edition)?
Artist: Takahashi Shotei (Hiroaki) (1871-1945)

Subject: Fishing at Tsukudajima in the evening.
Signature: Artist's seal Shotei.
Date: 1924-27
Publisher: Watanabe.
Size: O-tanzaku, 385x173 mm.
Description The lights illuminate the silhouettes of the fishing boats around the Tsukuda Island.
Reference: This design is listed in the sale catalogue of Watanabe published in 1936 under no.202.
Notes (this edition)?
The following information was taken from the original web listing of this artwork. Note that there may be some inaccuracies:

Friday, 7 April 2006

Title Night Fishing at Tsukuda
provenance: Robert O. Muller estate
Artist Hiroaki Takahashi 1871-1945

Seal Shotei
Dated 1924-27
Medium/Technique Woodblock print
Impression excellent - very good
Colors excellent - very good … dark wash applied to simulate the aged look
Condition excellent - very good … slight wrinkles on the upper area.
Description The lights illuminate the silhouettes of the fishing boats around the Tsukuda Island.
Note "Made in Japan" stamped on the back. Provenance: Robert O. Muller estate
Format Mitsugiri-ban
Width Item 7.0 inches = 17.7 cm
Height Item 15.1 inches = 38.4 cm

Artist Bio: 
Takahashi Shotei was born in Tokyo with the given name of Takahashi Katsutaro. At a young age he was trained in Nihon-ga , the traditional Japanese painting style by his uncle Matsumoto Fuko, and beginning around 1907 Shotei started designing for the Watanabe Color Print Company. Shotei was among the first designers to be recruited into Watanabe's stable of artists, which would later expand to include Goyo, Shinsui, Hasui, Kasamatsu, Koson and Koitsu among others. Many Watanabe prints were designed for export, primarily to North America, where the demand for all things Japanese was high in the early 20th century.

By 1923 Shotei had produced nearly 500 designs for Watanabe, when Tokyo was hit by the Great Kanto earthquake -- the worst recorded natural catastrophe in the history of Japan. The fires ignited by the earthquake raged for three days, and Watanabe's print shop and all the woodblocks created by Shotei and the other early shin hanga artists, were destroyed.

After the earthquake Shotei created another 250 prints mostly depicting scenic Japanese landscapes in the shin hanga style he had helped to define. He continued to work for Watanabe, but also worked with the publishers Fusui Gabo and Shobido Tanaka, where he had more control over the finished print than was possible with Watanabe.

Shotei used a variety of names, signatures and seals during his lifetime. From 1907 until 1922 he used the name Shotei, and after 1922 Hiroaki and Komei.

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