Photograph appearing in The Graphic Art of Onchi Koshiro: Innovation and Tradition, Elizabeth de Sabato Swinton, Garland Publishing, Inc. 1986
Fujimori Shizuo 藤森静雄 (1891-1943)
Sources: The Hotei Encyclopedia of Japanese Woodblock Prints, Amy Reigle Newland, Hotei Publishing Company, 2005, p. 432; Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900 – 1975, Helen Merritt and Nanako Yamada, University of Hawaii Press, 1992
Fujimori Shizuo was born in Kurume, (Fukuoka Prefecture). In 1911 he entered the Western Painting Section of the Tokyo School of Fine Arts, from which he graduated in 1916. While at the school he met Onchi Kōshirō (1891-1955) and worked with him on the print and poetry magazine Tsukuhae (Moonglow) to which he contributed 37 prints, several of which are shown below. In 1919 he took part in the first Japan Creative Print Association (Nihon Sōsaku-Hanga Kyōkai) exhibition. Fujimori was a prolific full-time artist, a founding member of the Nihon Hanga Kyōkai in 1931, the principal editor of Shi to hanga, and a contributor to numerous Hanga magazines. He was also one of the contributors of the important series One Hundred Views of New Tokyo (Shin Tokyo hyakkei), along with Maekawa Senpan (1888-1960), Onchi Kōshirō, Henmi Takashi (1895-1944), Hiratsuka Un'ichi (1895-1997), Kawakami Sumio (1895-1972), Fukazawa Sakuichi (1896-1947) and Suwa Kanenori (1897-1932), between 1929-1932. Fujimori's landscape and figurative styles were heavily influenced by Expressionism.
Source: The Modern Japanese Print: An Internal History of the Sosaku Hanga Movement by Koshiro Onchi (as tranlated by Osamu Ueda and G. H. Mitchell, appearing in Ukiyo-e Art, Number Eleven, 1965, The Japan Ukiyo-e Society)
Nature and Life
"This print, which appeared in Tsukuhae, is characterized by a dynamic composition and suggestive use of color. The night train about to enter a tunnel which seems to represent the severities of life and nature might possibly be a representation of the artist himself at age 23."1
The Twelfth Month, The Station Platform in Snow, Kanda-ku (1925)