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Artist of the moment……….Koshiro Onchi


Koshiro Onchi was is sometimes called the father of the sosaku hanga movement. Onchi was renown for his rather abstract style.

Koshiro Onchi was born in Tokyo, JapanĀ in the year 1895. His family were aristocrats and Onchi received excellent education.

The artist attended Tokyo School of Fine Arts where he studied painting and sculpture.

Onchi was both a painter and photographer. He also worked in a realist style in addition to his abstract style.

Below we visit a show featuring the work of Koshiro Onchi that took place recently at the Art Institute of Chicago:

Onchi passed away in 1955.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Over his career, Koshiro Onchi designed more than 1,000 books.

Of his works I prefer the abstracts. These have a great sense of movement and variety of color. The design is simple but beautiful.



Artist of the moment……Gen Yamaguchi

Gen Yamaguchi was born in the year 1896 in Shizuoka prefecture. Yamaguchi was another leader of the sosaku- hanga movement. Yamaguchi’s family was quite wealthy. His father owned beer and liquor companies. As for subject matter Gen Yamaguchi enjoyed experimenting with different materials and techniques. For his prints he worked with the traditional landscape but also created many abstract works.

He was part of a group of sosaku- hanga artists that would meet the first thursday of each month.

A main mentor for the artist was master printmaker Koshiro Onchi.

Yamaguchi burst onto the international scene after World War II. The artist won prizes at international exhibitions including one important prize in Lugano, Switzerland that exposed him to worldwide art collectors.

Gen Yamaguchi passed away in 1976.

Price range information: Prices range from $1,000 to $3,000.

I enjoy the style of the abstract work by the artist as these works include a great sense of design that reminds of the great artist Wassily Kandinsky.