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Samurai Retainer in Raincoat

Samurai Retainer in Raincoat
by Shotei Takahashi (1871-1945) Hiroaki

Original caretaker of this artwork: Ross Walker Collection (Ohmi Gallery)

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Artist: Shotei Takahashi (1871-1945) Hiroaki 松亭高橋、弘明
Title: Samurai Retainer in Raincoat
Series: 
Date 1st edition?Not set
Publisher 1st edition?Self
Publisher (this edition)?Self
Medium (1st edition): Scroll/Makuri roll
Medium (this edition): Scroll/Makuri roll
Format (1st edition): Long scroll
Format (this edition): Long scroll
DB artwork code: 41979
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:

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Japanese Scroll, Samurai Retainer in a Raincoat by a cherry tree. Signed and sealed: Shotei. Color on silk, silk mount, wood rollers. Condition is poor. no tears or holes, however, staining throughout. needs a good restorative clean. 78 x 21" mount. add 2" for rollers.

Very dramatic image of retainer reaching for his tanto, very like Meiji period imagery utilizing a historical romatisization of the dissapearing samurai world. Could be painting by "Takahashi Shotei" although I'm not an expert.


Dear Ross,

I am sure this scroll was drawn by Takahashi Shotei.
As far as I checked the depicted red seals at image No. 3/8, I might read as
follows:
Upper seal:
”高”(sure) ”色→(橋)?” ”(弘)?” ”明”(sure)
Lower:
”松” for right part and ”亭” for left part.

You should buy this scroll as long as its price is low and resonable.

Best regrad,

Tosh

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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