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Izumibashi Bridge in the Rain

Izumibashi Bridge in the Rain
by Shotei Takahashi (1871-1945) Hiroaki

Original caretaker of this artwork: Castle Fine Arts  Specializing in fine 18th-20th Century Japanese Woodblock Prints.

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Artist: Shotei Takahashi (1871-1945) Hiroaki 松亭高橋、弘明
Title: Izumibashi Bridge in the Rain
Series: 
Date 1st edition?1920 (in the decade of)
Publisher 1st edition?Watanabe Shozaburo 渡辺
Publisher (this edition)?Watanabe Shozaburo 渡辺
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Mitsugiri
Format (this edition): Mitsugiri
DB artwork code: 44477
Notes (1st edition)?Artist Takahashi Shotei
Title Rain on Izumibashi Bridge
Medium Original Japanese Woodblock Print
Edition First
Date C. 1925
Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo
Reference No The New Wave, Pl. 86
Item M16 at Shotei.com
Size 6 -3/4 x 15 "
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 Takahashi Shotei
Title Rain on Izumibashi Bridge
Medium Original Japanese Woodblock Print
Series Title
Edition First
Date C. 1925
Publisher
Reference No The New Wave, Pl. 86
Size 6 -3/4 x 15 "
Condition Very fine, kept in folder and never displayed.


Notes: A geisha and her male attendant hold their umbrellas tightly to their bodies against a driving rain storm as they cross Izumi Bridge.

An Iconic design, considered one of Shotei's finest prints. SCARCE IN THIS CONDITION.

PROVENANCE: An American family collection, by descent from their Grandfather who was in Japan from 1930-1940. The print has been carefully preserved; never matted or framed and removed from the original folder.

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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