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The artist Okiie Hashimoto was born in 1899 on the Japanese coast in the Tottori Prefecture. "Region of the Middle" translated means Chugoku-chiho, the name of the region at the southern end of the Japanese main island Honshu. The cultural values of traditional Japan are still alive in the palaces, temples, gardens or natural wonders in his woodcuts.
First Publication: March 2009
Latest Update: April 2013
Okiie Hashimoto pursued a classical study of art and painting for four years, graduating in 1923 from the College of Art in Tokyo. Then he continued his studies under Itaru Tanabe and Shodo Hirata. His artistic style emerged decisively after having met renowned woodcut artist Unichi Hiratsuka.
Hashimoto had attended Hiratsuka's courses and was later accepted into his circle of artists, the Yoyogi-ha. Through this group he developed a life long friendship with Hiratsuka.
The free-lancing artistic career of Okiie Hashimoto started relatively late. First of all, because he taught art full time at a middle school since 1925, he could only take on secondary art jobs.
Then he received a position as an assitant to the head of the school at a renowned girls college in Tokyo, where he stayed until 1955. Afterwards he decided to dedicate himself exclusively to being an artist.
There is little known about the paintings of Okiie Hashimoto. He achieved much more international fame for his woodcuts, to which he dedicated himself since having met Unichi Hiratsuka. Although his teacher and friend limited himself to black and white woodcuts, Okiie Hashimoto on the contrary seized powerful, bright and pure colors for his works.
Like Unichi Hiratsuka Okiie Hashimoto also cherished old Japan a great deal. Historical buildings in the traditional Japanese style - whether palaces, gardens, temples or homes - are predominate in his woodcut prints.
But also the beauty of nature and of the splendid landscape of Japan, found today only in a few untouched regions, attracted the interest of the artist. The presentation of people, especially young women, appear first in Hashimoto's late period. He used the old traditional Japanese stamp with the name "Oki" and "Hashi" for his signature.
46 sold object(s) by Okiie Hashimoto 1899 - 1993 in our Art Archive
3 signature(s) by Okiie Hashimoto in our Signature Database
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