Ishizuka Kan

Ishizuka Kan 石塚翰 (active c. 1915)   


Almost no information is available on the artist Ishizuka Kan other than his contribution of two prints of kabuki actors to the Shin Nigao Magazine (1915) and that he was a member of Sango-kai (Coral Society), as detailed below.

Sango-kai (Coral Society)

Sources: Independent Administrative Institution National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo [site no longer active]


by Kikuya, Yoshio and Shioya, Jun

The Sango-kai was a small artists group centered on the activities of Nihonga painters. In Taisho 4 (1915) the group was formed by eight painters: Hirafuku Hyakusui as the main member, joined by Ikeda Eiji (1889-1950), Ogawa Usen (1868-1938), Ogawa Senyou (1882-1971), Kawabata Ryushi (1885-1966), Tsuruta Goro (1890-1969), Natori Shunsen (1886-1960) and Yamamura Toyonari [also Kōka] (1885-1942). This group was active until its 10th exhibition held in Taisho 13 (1924). Morita Tsunetomo (1881-1933), Kondō Kōichiro (1884-1962), and Ishizuka Kan joined the initial members midway through the group's history, and at the end of the group's activities, Sakai Sanryo (1897-1969) and Okamoto Ippei exhibited works in the group's exhibitions. While technically exhibiting Nihonga works, Ogawa Usen and Kawabata Ryushi had both been trained in Western-style painting, and Tsuruta Goro was an active Western-style painter, while Okamota Ippei and Ikeda Eiji were both manga artists. Thus the group was not necessarily a unified front, but rather a place where they could share interests and studies on an equal footing as individual friends and colleagues. It seems to have been a place for extremely free exchange.

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Prints in Collection

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Yoshichō no Nanako, 1915

IHL Cat. #220