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Souemon-cho, Osaka

Souemon-cho, Osaka 大阪宗右衛門町
by Shunho - Haruyoshi

Original caretaker of this artwork: Asian Collection

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Artist: Shunho - Haruyoshi 春芳
Title: Souemon-cho, Osaka 大阪宗右衛門町
Date 1st edition?1938
Publisher 1st edition?Baba Nobuhiko 馬場信彦
Publisher (this edition)?Baba Nobuhiko 馬場信彦
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Oban
Format (this edition): Oban
DB artwork code: 35612
Notes (1st edition)?
Notes (this edition)?The following information was taken from the original web listing of this artwork. Often written by non-experts, there may be inaccuracies:

Artist: Shunho (?)
Series: Publisher Baba Seizando
Title or Subject: Souemon-cho, Osaka
Signature or Seal: Signature, publisher seal
Date or Circa: 1938
Paper Size: 16 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches
Impression/Color/Condition: Good/Good/Good

Description: Good state

From Tosh:

As for Baba Seizando (馬場静山堂), this printing company was active from
1945 at least up to 1985/11 when celebrated its 40th anniversary in Tokyo.
If this company could be operated under Baba Nobuhiko (馬場信彦)in Tokyo, I
might speculate that Baba Shizuka (馬場 静) could be a preceeding founder
(father or relative of Nobuhiko) of the company (probably stating in Kyoto)
named after his personal name. He passed away in 1936 at his age of 64 at
my comprehensive directroy listing as a carver. Baba Nobuhiko was listed
as one of consulting members of Japan Woodblock Carver Association (Nihon
Mokuhann Kougei Kumiai-"日本木版工芸組合") as of 1958/04. I will keep
detecting more information on this publisher.

Artist Bio: Shunho was probably a publisher's pseudonym used for knock-offs of scenes by well-known artists. It has been suggested that Shunho was a pseudonym for Tsuchiya Koitsu (remember that Koitsu published quite a few prints via the publisher Baba in the 1930s). Take for example Shunho's Zojoji scene. Yes, it does look similar to Koitsu's Zojoji scene, especially the colour scheme, and it is of course possible that, after the war, when Baba re-established his business, Koitsu sold Baba some previously unpublished sketches that Baba published after Koitsu's death.

However, there is ample evidence to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Shunho was not Tsuchiya Koitsu or any other known artist. For example, please note that the Zojoji print is dated 昭和二十九年作 (Showa 29, or 1954), and that Tsuchiya Koitsu died in 1949. The margin text is very similar to Tsuchiya Koitsu's hand writing, but obviously he could not have written the margin text, including the date of 1954. I'm thinking here that Baba simply took advantage of Koitsu's passing and reproduced this similar scene using his own carvers and printers, including the same colour palette and hand writing style.

The strongest evidence that Shunho was an in-house artist of "knock-off" reproductions for the publisher Baba can be found by searching for the artist Shunho in my JAODB database. There we can clearly see that Shunho prints are simply reproductions (fakes) of several scenes by Tsuchiya Koitsu (Zojoji, Miyajima in Snow, etc.) and Kawase Hasui (Night Scene at Soemoncho).

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