Itō Takashi 伊藤孝之 (1894-1982)
Sources: Hanga.com website http://www.hanga.com/bio.cfm?ID=8; Japanese Wood-block Prints, Shizuya Fujikake, Japan Travel Bureau, 1938, p. 88, 89; Printed to Perfection Twentieth-century Japanese Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection, Joan B. Mirviss, et. al., Smithsonian Gallery and Hotei Publishing, 2004, p. 91.
Many of Takashi's prints are idealistic images that emphasize the beauty of the unspoiled Japanese landscape. He enjoyed depicting dramatic seasonal and weather phenomena and often used bright, almost surreal colors to emphasize these changes. Occasionally people are part of his designs, but they are always incidental, solitary figures. A typical print, Takegawa River at Dawn, shows man living in harmony with nature. Takashi's prints evoke the Japan of old and represent the height of romantic shin hanga landscapes.
Watanabe's Comment on the Artist
Comment on Artist's Style
Samples of Signatures and Seals of the Artist
Prints in Collection
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