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Moonrise at Tokumochi

Moonrise at Tokumochi
by Shotei Takahashi (1871-1945) Hiroaki

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Artist: Shotei Takahashi (1871-1945) Hiroaki 松亭高橋、弘明
Title: Moonrise at Tokumochi
Series: 
Date 1st edition?Not set
Publisher 1st edition?Watanabe 渡辺
Publisher (this edition)?Watanabe 渡辺
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Oban
Format (this edition): Chuban
DB artwork code: 38682
Notes (1st edition)?O29 (oban size, pre-earthquake) and C7 (chuban size, post earthquake) in the Shotei catalogue.
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:

Friday, 18 November 2005



Title Temple in the Night - Tokumochi
Provenance: Robert O. Muller Estate
Artist Hiroaki Takahashi 1871-1945
Seal shotei
Dated 1936 or earlier
Publisher Watanabe
Technique/Medium Woodblock print
Impression excellent - very good
Colors excellent - very good … dark colored wash applied on the print for the aged look
Condition excellent - very good
Description "Tokumochi" A small temple hangs on a top of a cliff. A person with a lantern is coming by the steep staircase leading to the temple. The dark sky is full of the stars and the full moon is coming up from the distant horizon.
Note "Made in Japan" stamped on verso, provenance: Robert O Muller Collection), Watanabe 6mm round seal carved on lower right.
Format Chuban
Width 7.1 inches = 18.0 cm
Height 10.2 inches = 26.0 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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