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Title

Form no.11, red

Oct 1949


Artist

ONCHI Kôshirô

Japan

1891 - 1955


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.


Details


Alternative title

Forme No.11 Red


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

Oct 1949


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour woodcut


Dimensions

51.1 x 40.8 cm image; 54.2 x 47.2 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r., ink [stamped] "ONZI".
Dated l.r.coener, pencil "... / Oct-49".


Credit

Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 1998


Location

Not on display


Accession number

248.1998


Artist information

ONCHI Kôshirô

Works in the collection

9


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


AJIOKA, Hanga: Japanese creative prints, '1930s-1950s: Consolidation of Hanga and the individualists', pg. 70-98, Sydney, 2000, 89 (colour illus.), 103, 110. cat.no. 4.15

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (Editor), Onchi Koshiro-to 'Tsukuhae', Kyoto, 1976, not paginated (illus.). cat.no. 150 In this publication this work is titled 'Form No.11: About Red'.

Editor Unknown (Editor), Onchi Koshiro Hangashu, Tokyo, 1975, 171 (illus.). cat.no. 312