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Red flower



Onchi Kōshirō


1891 – 1955

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Still leben - blume Image No.3 Still life - flower
    Place where the work was made
    Shôwa period 1926 - 1988 → Japan
    Media category
    Materials used
    colour woodcut
    34.7 x 26.6 cm image; 36.3 x 26.8 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r. corner, pencil "Koshiro Onzi".
    Signed and dated u.l. corner, pencil "K. Onchi/-48".

    Purchased with funds provided by the Japan Foundation 1998
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of ONCHI Kôshirô

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    Artist information
    Onchi Kōshirō

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Onchi Kôshiro is arguably the most important printmaker in modern Japan and the first Japanese artist to work in abstract expression with his 'Bright hours' made in 1915. An art student who admired works by Takehisa Yumeji, Onchi first emerged as a printmaker with 'Tsukuhae', a magazine of prints and poetry with Tanaka Kyôkichi and Fujimori Shizuo in 1914. The magazine ceased in 1915 with Tanaka's death, but it marked a major step in the Creative Print Movement (Sôsaku Hanga Undô) which had begun during the first decade of the 20th century by artists who took up the print as means of self expression rather than as means of reproduction of images. In this context, the magazine marked the beginning of the expression of emotional and psychological anxiety in the creative print movement. Onchi pursued his interest in abstract expression whilst continuing to produce figurative works.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

    • AJIOKA, Hanga: Japanese creative prints, '1930s-1950s: Consolidation of Hanga and the individualists', pg. 70-98, Sydney, 2000, 88 (colour illus.), 103, 110. cat.no. 4.14

    • The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (Editor), Onchi Koshiro-to 'Tsukuhae', Kyoto, 1976, not paginated (illus.). cat.no. 125 In this publication this work is titled 'Image No.3 (b): Red Flower'.

    • Editor Unknown (Editor), Onchi Koshiro Hangashu, Tokyo, 1975, 195 (illus.). cat.no. 257

Other works by Onchi Kōshirō

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