Shotei Takahashi, Evening at Shinagawa, Shamisen Player
Artist: Shotei Takahashi (1871-1945)
Title: Evening at Shinagawa
Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo
Size: 16.1 x 36.6 cm
Original Japanese woodblock print.
This print shows a torioi (a female musician), singing and playing the shamisen, a three-stringed musical instrument played with a bachi (plectrum). Torioi went from door to door receiving money for wishing the house and its occupants well. They wore distinctive amigasa hats and played the shamisen. Customs like these were called Kadozuke-gei, literally ‘arts at the gate’.
|Artist Name||Shotei Takahashi (Hiroaki)|
|Title||Evening at Shinagawa|
|Dimensions||16.1 x 36.6 cm|
|Condition Report||Very good.|
Shotei Takahashi (Hiroaki)
In 1907, as a successful artist, he was recruited by Shozaburo Watanabe to contribute to the Shin Hanga (‘New Prints’) art movement in Japan. Watanabe helped to fulfil the Western demand for Ukiyoe woodblock prints which would be similar to familiar historical masters of that genre, including Hiroshige. In about 1921 Shotei added the artistic name of Hiroaki. In 1923 the Great Kanto earthquake (and subsequent fire) destroyed Watanabe's facilities; this included all Shin Hanga woodblocks. Thus, Shotei recreated prior designs destroyed in the Great Kanto earthquake and also continued to produce new woodblocks.