1918. Item #90465
Onchi Kōshirō [artist and author] 恩地 孝四郎. Kanjō 感情 Sentiment. 大正7  . Tokyo. Kanjyō Shisha 感情詩社 Issue 20; June of 3rd year. 20号 3年6月号 23.5 x 15.5cm magazine with self-wrappers in [original?] glassine. 30 pages with introduction and poetry by Onchi with 12 black and white woodblock prints. Poetry, essays and art descriptions by Onchi and others in Japanese text. Kanjō 感情 Sentiment was a monthly magazine of poetry and art that published approx. 32 issues, beginning in Taisho 5 .
Onchi (1891–1955) and his work need no introduction - he is considered the most important Japanese printmaker of the mid-Century and one of the most innovative and creative of all time. As a leader of the Sosaku Hanga Creative Print movement, he guided the development of many of the dominant figures of post-war art until his premature death in the 1950's.
Notable are the woodcuts on page 8 and 9、Jyotaini Kanshite 女体に関して and Jyotaini Tsuite 女体について, respectively, that experiment with the abstraction of the female form, the beginnings of a theme which Onchi explored throughout his career. This particular issue is also important as he explores the relationship between his lyrical images and the art of woodblock as well as lyricism and modernism in the early 20th Century in two essays. Ref Elizabeth Swinton, The Graphic Art of Onchi Koshiro, p.99.
Only copy of this issue located through research is held in Maebashi Bungakukan (Maebashi City Museum of Literature) 前橋文学館. An extremely ephemeral production.Toned wrappers and light foxing not affecting artwork.