|Artist||Takahashi Hiroaki (Shōtei) 1871-1945|
|Dimensions||Vertical mitsugiri-ban [~15 x 6 inches]|
Artist's seal: Sho Tei
Publisher: Watanabe Shôzaburô
Takahashi Hiroaki, known as Shōtei, (1871-1945) was born Matsumoto Katsutaro in Mukoyanagiwara, Asakusa, Tokyo on 2nd January, 1871. He was the first artist recruited by Shōzaburō Watanabe. Shōtei produced some 500 print designs for Watanabe. When Watanabe's business was destroyed after the 1923 earthquake, Shōtei redesigned 250 prints.
Additionally, in the 1930s, while still working for Watanabe, Shōtei produced almost 200 print designs for the publisher Shōbidō Tanaka. These included 12 mitsugiri-ban prints with approximately 180 prints in smaller sizes. His work is typical of other shin-hanga artists, focusing on landscapes, dramatic light, and the changing weather and seasons. The popularity of Shōtei's prints resulted in various other publishers and designers copying his work. Shōtei is said to have been killed by the atomic bomb when he visited his daughter in Hiroshima in August 1945.
Condition: Attached to sheet on top margin, some time toning and foxing to sheet.