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YAMAGUCHI Susumu

(Japan 1897 – 1983)

Title
Mt. Hotaka at daybreak
Place of origin
Japan
Year
1957
Media category
Print
Materials used
colour woodblock print
Edition
78/200
Dimensions

33.0 x 48.9 cm

Signature & date
Signed in pencil on lower right corner: Susumu Yamaguchi
Credit
Gift of Barbara Vyden in honour of John K. Vyden, M.D. 2010
Accession number
237.2010
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.