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Onchi Kōshirō

Japanese, 1891-1955


Tokyo 1891

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Onchi was a pivotal figure in the early development of Japan's Creative Print movement. He led the First Thursday Society (Ichimokukai), a discussion and support group for artists intent on recreating woodblock printing in a distinctively Japanese, modern style. Experimental and expressionistic in his own way, Onchi moved between abstract and figurative work, revolutionizing the medium into a vehicle for modern art.

Onchi was renowned for his experiments with abstract compositions that he carved and printed himself, using unusual materials such as leaves and string. In his collaboration with other creative print (sōsaku hanga) artists, his work was less idiosyncratic and aimed to appeal to a wider audience.



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Kuroki Sadao (Japanese, 1908-1984)

Associate of: Maki Haku (Japanese, 1924-2000)

Member of: Nihon Hanga Kyōkai (Japanese)

Teacher of: Sekino Jun'ichirō (Japanese, 1914-1988)

Teacher of: Takahashi Rikio (Japanese, 1927-1998)

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