various artists (early <i>shin hanga</i>)

various artists (early shin hanga)


Tokyo Reconstruction, Thirty Famous Volunteers
(Tokyo Fukko Hyakkei, Sanju meikakigo)

tassle-bound book depicting scenes of Tokyo following the 1923 earthquake; the red cover with the title Tokyo Fukko Hyakkei, Sanju meikakigo, with one hundred black and white and monochrome illustrations by thirty artists, plus one color frontispiece by Nakazawa Hiromitsu; titled, dated and priced on the inside back cover, Tokyo Fukko Hyakkei (One Hundred Views of Tokyo Reconstruction), Taisho juyonnen sangatsu nijuugon ichi seihon (Taisho 14 [1925], March 25, published), teika ichi en (price one yen); excerpted from Nihon oyobi Nihonjin published by Seikyo sha, 1925

9 3/4 by 7 1/4 in., 24.8 by 18.4 cm

In contrast to the collection of raw images by Yamamura Koka, Records of Impressions of the Great Earthquake Disaster, depicting the devastating destruction and despair wrought by the September 1, 1923 earthquake which were published in the Hochi Shimbun newspaper only twenty-nine days later beginning on September 30th, the illustrations included in this volume present a hopeful and optimistic perspective on Tokyo under reconstruction. The collaborative collection of one hundred images was originally published by Seikyo sha on January 1st, 1925 within vol. no. 64 of the magazine Nihon oyobi Nihonjin (Japan and the Japanese). This book is a separate publication featuring the illustrations alone which was issued three months later.

The table of contents groups the illustrations by various neighborhoods and their wards from around the city, begining with Kojimachi, followed by Kanda, Nihonbashi, Kyobashi, Shiba, Azabu, Akasaka, Yostuya, Ushigome, Koishikawa, Hongo, Shitaya, Asakusa, Honjo, and ending in Fukagawa. As the title suggests, the collection includes works by 30 artists (so-called 'famous volunteers'). Many of the artists were active in varying degrees early in the shin-hanga movement such as Hirezaki Eiho (1880-1968), Matsuda Seifu (1880-1978), and several were students of Kaburaki Kiyokata (1878-1972, who contributed one design himself) including Kawase Hasui (1883-1957), Yamamura Koka (Toyonari, 1885-1942), Terashima Shimei (1892-1975), Kobayakawa Kiyoshi (1896-1948), Ito Shinsui (1898-1972), Kasamatsu Shiro (1898-1991), Yamakawa Shuho (1898-1944), and Jinbo Tomoyo (1902-1994). Other contributers were painters from Kiyokata's circle, including his first student Kadoi Kikusui (1886-1976), Nishida Seiha (1895-1979), Enomoto Chikatoshi (1898-1973), Ishii Tekisui (1882-1945), Yoko Hogetsu (1897-1990), Ohno Shizukata (1882-1945); along with yoga (Western-style) sketch tour illustrators such as Nakazawa Hiromitsu (1874-1964), Mizushima Nihou (1884-1958) and Akatsuka Chuichi (1887-?). Lesser-known artists for whom bigographical details are minimal or unknown also participated, including Kikuchi Komei (1899-1993), Arai Kankata (1878-1945), Koda Tojo, Miyazaki Utajiro, Ishii Tomomasa, Hiyashi Koun, and Yoshino Naokata.

Hasui seems to have spearheaded the project, producing one fifth of the designs with a total of 20 works, followed by close friends Akatsuka and Hiromitsu with 15 and 10 works, respectively. Most of the other artists included 3 views or less.

# designs per artist

3 by Ishii Tekisui (1882-1945)
1 by Matsuda Seifu (1892-1941)
3 by Nishida Seiha (1895-1980)
5 by Oono Shizukata (1882-1945)
3 by Enomoto Chikatoshi (1898-1973)
1 by Kasamatsu Shiro (1898-1991)
2 by Hayashi Koun (dates unknown)
3 by Terashima Shimei (1892-1975)
2 by Koda Tojo (dates unknown)
1 by Yokoo Hogetsu (1897-1990)
3 by Kadoi Kikusui (1886-1976)
3 by Kobayakawa Kiyoshi (1896-1948)
15 by Akatsuka Chuichi (1887-?)
4 by Yoshino Naokata (dates uknown)
10 by Nakazawa Hiromitsu (1874-1964)
1 by Ito Shinsui (18+8-1972)
2 by Yamakawa Shuho (1898-1944)
2 by Mizushima Niou (1884-1958)
20 by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)
2 by Yamamura Koka (1885-1942)
3 by Kikuchi Komei (1899-1993)
3 by Miyazaki Utajiro (dates unknown)
1 by Hirezaki Eiho (1880-1968)
1 by Ishii Tomomasa (dates unknown)
3 by Jinbo Tomoyo (1902-1994)
1 by Matsuda Seifu (1880-1978)
1 by Arai Kankata (1878-1945)
1 by Kaburagi Kiyokata (1878-1972)

100 total designs

(inv. no. C-3238)

price: $2,000

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