Cormorant Fishing at Night
signed Kogyo, published by Matsuki Heikichi of Daikokuya Matsuki, ca. 1910s
9 1/2 by 9 7/8 in., 24.2 by 25.2 cm
Born in Tokyo, Kogyo's given name at birth was Hanyu Sadanosuke. When he was 15 years old his mother married Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), one of the greatest 'last' masters of ukiyo-e, taking the family name Tsukioka. Later he became a student of Ogata Gekko (1859-1920), who gave him his art name- Kogyo. He assumed leadership of the Tsukioka school in 1911, afterwhich he was known as Tsukioka Kogyo.
The publishing firm Daikokuya was established by the first Matsuki Heikichi in the Ryogoku area of Edo in 1764, and continued producing woodblock prints and books until around 1930 under four more successive generations, surviving into the 20th century when so many other publishing houses succumbed to the realities of the modern era. The fourth generation head, Matsuki Heikichi IV (Matsuki Toko, 1836-1891) was the publisher who in 1876 began production on an untitled series of landscape prints by Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915) that utilized Western-style perspective which proved to be highly influential on future shin-hanga artists. Matsuki Heikichi V (1870-1931) carried on reissuing early Kiyochika prints from the original blocks and reproduction prints for the foreign market, but also developed a market for works by artists, such as Kogyo, transitioning from ukiyo-e and traditional Japanese techniques to modern Western-influenced subjects and styles. The firm was particularly active in developing a market for kacho-ga (bird-and-flower subjects), commissioning designs from Kogyo and other Japanese-style painters including Ogata Gekko (1859-1920), Watanabe Seitei (1851-1918), and Ohara Koson (1877-1945), who would become the most important and prolific kacho-ga artist in the shin-hanga movement.
(inv. no. 10-2828)
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