The artist in 1959
Kondō Kōichiro 近藤浩一路 [こんどう こういちろ] (1884-1962)
Uki (The Rainy Season) 1951,
Manga were a major part of Kondō's artistic output and income and he went on to found the Nippon Manga-kai (Japanese Manga Society) with Naraharu Ikeda (1889-1950) and Okamoto Ippei (1886-1948), one of the forefathers of modern manga. He and Okamoto became well-known for their "manga scribblings" and with Okamoto he produced manga versions of Natsume Soseki's novels Botchan and I am a Cat, an illustration from which is shown below.
Illustration from I am a Cat
Merritt notes that he created woodblock illustrations before World War II without citing any specifics.5 We do know that he created one print (IHL Cat. #219) for the short-lived 1915 magazine Shin Nigao and at least 20 prints in a series titled Senryū manga 川柳漫画, in which Kondō's drawings are paired with Inoue Kenkabō's (1870-1934) senryū (humorous short poems).
In September 2006 the Nerima Art Museum in Tokyo celebrated the 120th anniversary of Kondō Kōichiro's birth with a comprehensive exhibition, All About Kōichiro Kondō, of 120 works, including oil paintings, watercolors and cartoons.
1 "Compilation of Materials Related to the Sango-kai," Kikuya Yoshia and Shioya Jun, Independent Administrative Institution National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo http://www.tobunken.go.jp/~bijutsu/publications/bijutukenkyu/376_Sangokai.html
Signature and Seals of the Artist
Prints in Collection
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Senryū manga, 1930