On view now in our gallery of Japanese woodblock prints is ‘Ōtsu-e: The Revitalization of Japanese Folk Prints in the 20th century.’ The exhibition features the work of two artists—Kusunose Nichinen and Takahashi Shōzan—who gained international fame for their attempts to revitalize the genre of Ōtsu-e (literally, “pictures from Ōtsu”). Widely considered to be the stylistic forefather of Ukiyo-e, Ōtsu-e was a form of folk art produced in Ōtsu—the first of 53 stations on the Tōkaidō highway from Kyoto to Edo—by anonymous craftsmen and sold inexpensively as souvenirs for travelers.
Kusunose Nichinen (1888-1962)
‘Minamoto no Yorimitsu Attacked by the Decapitated Head of the Demon Shuten Dōji’
From the series ‘Portfolio of Ōtsu-e’
Japan, Taishō period (1912-1926), 1920
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Shared by honolulumuseum (Honolulu Museum of Art) and selected for Art.