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Cyrus Leroy Baldridge was an American illustrator, painter, printmaker and cosmopolitan. In the 1920s he had travelled widely in the East, North Africa and Europe. For collectors of Japanese prints he became known as the artist of several woodblock prints published by Watanabe in 1925 with colorful scenes from Peking.
Auction Catalog by Artist Cyrus Baldridge 1889-1975 - artelino | Biography Cyrus Baldridge
Gakusui Ide was born in 1899 in Yamanashi prefecture. He lived in China from 1929 until 1946. After the Pacific war he began making woodblock prints. Favorite subjects were kacho-e, images of birds and flowers. They were published by Watanabe Shozaburo. Famous are his depictions of white herons against a black background.
Auction Catalog by Artist Gakusui Ide 1899-1992 - artelino
Hasui Kawase is one of the best known artists of the "Shin Hanga" (new prints) movement. His prints, landscapes and townviews, were created in traditional Japanese style with Western elements. Hasui had a very close cooperation with the publisher Watanabe. In the fires following the devastating earthquake in 1923, over a hundred blocks produced so far, were destroyed. In 1956, one year before his death, the artist was declared a Living National Treasure.
Auction Catalog by Artist Hasui Kawase 1883-1957 - artelino | Biography Hasui Kawase
Notes: third name: Bunjiro
Helen Hyde was born in Lima, the state of New York, USA. When she was two years old, her family moved to San Francisco, California. She studied art and design in the USA, Paris and Berlin. In 1899 she came to Japan for the first time, and started making prints using the techniques of woodblocks and etching. Helen Hyde was one of the first Western artists who studied printmaking in Japan. Her works caused wide attention in the USA, and paved the way for more Western artists who followed her example and came to Japan to study woodblock printmaking.
Auction Catalog by Artist Helen Hyde 1868-1919 - artelino | Helen Hyde - Biography
Hiroaki Takahashi designed woodblock prints for the famous publisher Watanabe - about 500 prints before the great earthquake in September 1923. All blocks were destroyed by the fires in the aftermaths of the great earthquake. Afterwards he resumed his work and created about 250 prints. Hiroaki is said to have been killed by the atomic bomb when he visited his daughter in Hiroshima in August 1945.
Auction Catalog by Artist Hiroaki (Shotei) Takahashi 1871-1945 - artelino | Biography Hiroaki Takahashi
Notes: also Komei Takahashi or Shotei (Syotei) Takahashi
Hiromitsu Nakazawa was born in Toyko. At the Tokyo School of Fine Arts he studied Western painting under Kuroda Seiki from 1896 to 1900. Famous is his image of a woman diver - Heroine Matsukaze - contributed to the Complete Collection of Chikamatsu in 1923. Hiromitsu Nakazawa received several honors and prizes after World War II.
Auction Catalog by Artist Hiromitsu Nakazawa 1874-1964 - artelino | Biography of Hiromitsu Nakazawa
Ohara Koson is famous for his prints with animal subjects. He is considered as the uncontested master of kacho-e - images of birds and flowers - in shin hanga style. The prints made by Koson have been very popular since the 1920s and 1930s. Most prints were published by Watanabe Shozaburo and exported. Ohara Koson worked both as a painter and a print maker. His origins as a painter are reflected in his prints. Indeed, some give the impression of watercolor paintings.
Auction Catalog by Artist Koson Ohara 1877-1945 - artelino | Biography Koson Ohara
Notes: also Ohara Hoson or Ohara Shoson
Torii Kotondo made only 21 woodblock bijin prints during his career. They were created from the late 1920s to the early 1930s. Although the artist had adopted different names during his life, his prints are all signed with Kotondo for these Shin-hanga style bijin prints.
Auction Catalog by Artist Kotondo Torii 1900-1976 - artelino | Biography Kotondo Torii
Notes: also Torii VIII (or Kiyotada V, officially after 1954), Kiyonobu (after 1937), Masahiko (for his paintings before 1926), or Genjin Torii
Masamitsu Ota designed Kabuki Actor prints in Shin Hanga style in the late 1940s and in the 1950s. This artist was long in the shadow of the great Kabuki actor portrayer Natori Shunsen. In the 1990s prints by Masamitsu Ota have seen a kind of renaissance in the appreciation of collectors.
Auction Catalog by Artist Masamitsu Ota 1892-1975 - artelino | Biography of Ota Masamitsu
Notes: also Gako Ota
Paul Jacoulet was a native French born in Paris. In 1906 he came to Japan with his parents where he quickly adopted the Japanese culture. He made several trips to the South Sea. Subjects with portraits of islanders from the South Sea make a great part of his works. During World War II he remained in Japan but moved from Tokyo to Karuizawa. His works are an interesting synthesis of a French artist and a Japanese woodblock printmaker.
Auction Catalog by Artist Paul Jacoulet 1902-1960 - artelino | Biography Paul Jacoulet