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An image of Road towards the hill by FUKAZAWA Sakuichi


(Japan 1896 – 1946)

Road towards the hill
Alternative title:
Kyûjô sôdo
Place of origin
Taishô period 1912 - 1926 → Japan
Media category
Materials used
colour woodcut

23.2 x 30.4 cm image; 25.1 x 32.0 cm mount

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l. corner, in Japanese, pencil "Taishô 14 nen 2 gatsu; Sakuichi koku [February 1925, blockcut by Sakuichi]". Artist's seal l.l. corner, stamped in red ink "saku".
Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2000
Accession number
© FUKAZAWA Sakuichi
Not on display
Further information

Two versions of this work exist: the other is printed in grey and is more subdued. An impression of this ochre version is in the collection of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.

While this print may remind one of Van Gogh's later drawings, the direct influence probably comes from Yamamoto Kanae, a pioneer of the creative (ie non-reproductive) print movement in Japan and a founding member of the Japan Creative Print Association. At the same time, one must admit that this is a powerful print in its own right, an expression of the mind and emotion of the artist rather than the road and fields it depicts.

Fukazawa Sakuichi was a self-taught print artist who began exhibiting at the Japan Creative Print Association exhibition from 1922. In the 1920s, as the Creative Print Association provided a regular venue to exhibit prints as well as published its own magazine, many print artists emerged working in unique styles such as Fukazawa, Kawakami Sumio, Kawanishi Hide and Maekawa Senpan, to name a few.

Asian Art Dept., AGNSW, April 2000.

Bibliography (3)

AJIOKA, Hanga: Japanese creative prints, '1919-1930s: The Japan creative print association and diffusion of printmaking', pg. 58-69, Sydney, 2000, 60 (colour illus.), 99, 108. 3.1

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Individuality in early 20th century works on paper', Sydney, 2003, 282 (colour illus.).

FUKUNAGA Shigeki (Editor), Kindai no Bijutsu: Kindai Nihon Hanga, Tokyo, May 1987, 49 (illus.). illus. no. 72

Exhibition history (1)

Hanga: Japanese creative prints, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 28 Oct 2000–07 Jan 2001