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Black Cat And Tomato Plant

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Black Cat And Tomato Plant
by Shotei Takahashi (1871-1945) Hiroaki

Original caretaker of this artwork: The Art of Japan

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Artist: Shotei Takahashi (1871-1945) Hiroaki 松亭高橋、弘明
Title: Black Cat And Tomato Plant
Date 1st edition?1931
Publisher 1st edition?Fusui Gabo
Publisher (this edition)?Fusui Gabo
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Large Oban
Format (this edition): Large Oban
DB artwork code: 43287
Notes (1st edition)?Artist Takahashi Hiroaki
Title Cat and Tomato Plant
Medium Original Japanese Woodblock Print
Series Title
Edition First, and only
Date 1931
Publisher Fusui Gabo
Reference No
Size 20 x 13 "
Notes: Copyright seal of Fusui Gabo, Tokyo, in lower right margin.

Hiroaki collaborated with the small publishing house of Fusui Gabo on a few prints in the early 1930's. With over-sized prints like this one, Gabo made two color variants.

The blocks were carved by Takano Shichinosuke and printed by Ono Tomisaburo; Takano having worked with Goyo, and Ono with several publishers including Watanabe Shozaburo. The chop of Ono is in the lower left margin.
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: Hiroaki Takahashi
Title: Black cat and tomato plant with keyblock
Date: 1931
Publisher: Fusui Gabo
Dimensions: 12 x 14.5
Notes: Rare keyblock accompanies this rare Hiroaki print.

Condition: Fine impression color and condition

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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