Shotei, Takahashi (1871 - 1945), "Tukuda in Snowstorm (Pre-Earthquake)"
|Title||Tukuda in Snowstorm (Pre-Earthquake)|
|Medium||Original Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Reference No||Folk Museum of Ota City catalog, #26|
|Size||14 -3/4 x 6 -3/4 "|
Notes: PRE-EARTHQUAKE DESIGN. Strong, blind-stamped embossing depicting the large snowflakes, and splashed "Gofun" depiciting the smaller flakes. S. Watanabe catalog number stamp on reverse, "No.690".
Shozaburo Watanabe produced woodblock prints mainly for his foreign customers. Many of the earliest works were o-tanzaku size ukiyo-e like prints designed by Shotei (Hiroaki) Takahashi with added modern features. He brought them for sale to Yokohama, Kobe and Karuizawa; a summer resort for foreigners. His reputation was fine and the designs sold well, making it possible for Shozaburo to start producing new woodblock prints of other talented new artists. During these early years, most customers of such prints were foreign businessmen stationed in Japan or foreign tourists, some of them wealthy collectors. Therefore, most of Shozaburo's early prints were taken to foreign countries and did not stay in Japan." - All the Woodblock Prints of Ito Shinsui