(Japan 1897 – 1983)
33.0 x 48.9 cm
Reaching a height of 3190 metres, Mt. Hotaka belongs to the 100 most famous mountains in Japan. Situated on the border of the cities of Matsumoto (Nagano Prefecture) and Takayama (Gifu Prefecture), the massive Mt. Hotaka is also known as the ‘Leader of the Northern Alps’ and a popular destination for hiking.
A native of Nagano Prefecture, Yamaguchi Susumu went to Tokyo to study oil painting at the Aoibashi Research Institute for Western painting and exhibited frequently at the Imperial exhibitions (Teiten). In the late 1920s, Yamaguchi became more interested in colour woodblock prints and joined the circle of the Creative prints movement ('Sōsaku Hanga'). In 1930 he contributed to the foundation of the Japan Print Association ('Nihon hanga kyōkai'). After the end of WWII, Yamaguchi moved back to Nagano Prefecture. The mountainous landscape of his home town was the major source of inspiration for his prints.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, October 2010.