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Title

Form no.11, red

October 1949

Artist

Onchi Kōshirō

Japan

1891 - 1955

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Forme No.11 Red
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Shôwa period 1926 - 1988 → Japan
    Date
    October 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
    Copyright
    © Estate of ONCHI Kôshirô

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  • 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

    Japan

  • 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, 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

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