Koshiro Onchi 1891-1955 - Remaining Emotion - 1915

Koshiro Onchi was the leading Sosaku Hanga artist and art theorist in Japan in the early-mid 20th century. In 1939, he founded “The First Thursday Society” (Ichimokukai), which was crucial to the postwar revival of the sôsaku hanga movement. The society held artist gatherings once a month at Onchi’s house. Members such as Gen Yamaguchi (1896–1976) and Junichirô Sekino (1914–1988) discussed subjects of prints. The American connoisseurs such as Ernst Hacker, William Hartnett and Oliver Statler also attended the meetings.

Koshiro Onchi was born into a talented artistic family. His father was a master of calligraphy and a painter himself. Koshiro began to study oil painting and sculpture at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts in 1910. In 1913 he established a magazine for poetry, sukubue, which he used as a platform to publish his own print works. Koshiro Onchi played a major role in promoting the sosaku hanga movement. He became a leading member in several artist associations, exhibited in all major exhibitions and contributed regularly to newspapers and magazines.

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