Takahashi Shotei

Japanese , 1871 - 1944

Takahashi Shotei is considered one of Japan's most distinguished printmakers and a founding father of the shin hanga print movement. He began his art career, at the age of nine, studying Japanese painting with his uncle Matsumoto Fuko. By the age of sixteen, he co-founded the Japan Youth Painting Society while working at the Imperial Household Department of Foreign Affairs. In 1907, he became the first artist recruited by Watanabe Shozaburo, a prominent publisher of shin hanga, where he designed inexpensive tourist souvenirs, which overtime became sought after by American and European collectors.

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