Biographies of japanese print makers


Biography Hashiguchi, Goyō (1880 - 1921)

Goyō Hashiguchi's talents were recognized by his father at an early age, and he stimulated him to study Japanese-style painting in Tokyo in 1899. Graduating in 1905, Goyô first worked as a book designer and illustrator, but he was disappointed by the lack of appreciation for his oil paintings. From 1911 he began a serious study of ukiyo-e, and in 1915 he designed his first woodblock print (Yuami - Bathing) for Watanabe Shōzaburō. Though Watanabe wanted him to continue working for him, Goyō decided on an independent course, and from 1918 to his untimely death in 1921 he made 13 woodblock prints.
Unfortunately, after his death, his heirs hijacked his artistic legacy, and the market was swamped by posthumous impressions and reprints. Genuine lifetime impressions of his work are both rare and expensive.

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