Shotei Takahashi, Sakawa Bridge in Evening, Shin-hanga Landscape

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Artist: Shotei Takahashi (1871-1945)
Title: Sakawa Bridge in Evening
Publisher: Watanabe
Date: c. 1930s
Size: 16.7 x 38 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

As a successful artist, Shotei Takahashi was recruited in 1907 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. Shotei recreated prior designs destroyed in the Great Kanto earthquake and also continued to produce new woodblocks in the years to follow.

In this design, silhouettes of palanquin bearers are seen crossing the Sakawa bridge as the evening falls. The overall image is a wonderful study of light and shadows, creating a very atmospheric view.

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 fulfill the Western demand for ukiyo-e woodblock prints which would be similar to familiar historical masters of that genre. 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.

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Print FormatOtanzakuban
ArtistShotei Takahashi (Hiroaki)
SubjectLandscapes, Modern/Shin-Hanga
Dimensions16.7 x 38 cm
Condition ReportSlightly trimmed.