|Artist||Takahashi Hiroaki (Shōtei) 1871-1945|
|Dimensions||Ôtanzakuban [~15.6 x 6.7 inches]|
Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo
Artist Seal: Hiroaki
Reference: Shotei.com, M-50
Reference: Watanabe 1936 cat. no. 539
A dramatic scene showing figures fleeing a sudden down pour. The semi-silhouetted figures are seen attempting to shelter from the weather with open umbrellas. A bridge is in the background, a lone street lamp is lit to the right and the distant lights from buildings is seen in the background.
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.
Condition: Some minor toning to sheet.