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Onchi Kōshirō


1891 – 1955

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Lyric I Jojô I
    Place where the work was made
    Taishô period 1912 - 1926 → Japan
    Media category
    Materials used
    13.2 x 10.9 cm image; 13.4 x 11.1 cm mount
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2000
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of ONCHI Kôshirô

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    Artist information
    Onchi Kōshirō

    Works in the collection


  • About

    'Tears' is one of the representative works by Onchi, the most significant 'creative print' (as opposed to reproductive print) artist and the mentor of the Creative Print movement during the first half of the 20th century in Japan.

    'Lyric I' is one of his earliest works and was first published in the first issue of 'Tsukuhae', a magazine of prints and poetry which Onchi published with Tanaka Kyôkichi and Fujimori Shizuo. The magazine ended after no.7 due to Tanaka's death in 1915.

    Throughout his working life, Onchi produced many works entitled 'Lyric'. In these works he explored the characteristics of woodcut searching for a union of poetry and visual art. This work is the first of the series of his lifelong pursuit; at the same time it is one of the most significant expressions of the urban sentiment among young artists of the fast-developing modern Japan in the 1910s.


    FUJII Hisae (ed). 1976. 'Kindai-no Bijutsu: 35 Onchi Kôshirô-to' Tsukuhae, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Tokyo, pg.27 (illus. no. 27).

    Helen Merritt. 1990. 'Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: the early years'. University of Hawaii Press, pg.184 (illus).

    TANAKA Seikô. 1990. 'Tsukuhae-no gaka tachi: Tanaka Kyôkichi Onchi Kôshirô-no seishun'. Chikuma Shobô, Tokyo, pg.143 (illus. no. 29).

    Chiba City Museum of Art. 1999. 'Nihon-no Hanga II 1911-1920: a banquet of carved 'individuals'', Chiba, pg.63 (cat. no. 105).

    Shibuya-ku Shôtô Museum of Art. 1999. 'Sôsaku Hanga-no Tanjô: artists who carved the modern times', Tokyo, pg.125 (cat. no. 252).

    The Yokohama Museum of Art, the Miyagi Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama (eds). 1994. 'Onchi Koshiro: a poet of colours and forms'. Yomiuri Shimbun, Tokyo, p.51 (colour illus. cat. no. 31).

    Asian Art Dept., AGNSW, April 2000.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 9 publications

Other works by Onchi Kōshirō

See all 9 works