His work was selected for the 1st Bunten exhibition (Ministry of Education Fine Arts Exhibition) in 1907 and in following years his oil paintings, watercolors and etchings would frequently appear at various government sponsored exhibitions. In 1906 he became an assistant professor at the Kansai Art Institute (Kansai Bijutsuin), an art school founded by Asai, and was made a full professor in 1910. In 1915 he created designs in the Art Nouveau style for the Unsōdō-published woodblock-printed pattern book Kabin hyaku shu 花瓶百種 (One Hundred Types of Vases), a page from which is shown left.
Travelling in Europe from November 1920 until January 1925 with the backing of the Ministry of Education, he visited England, France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, German and Spain. At Auvers-sur-Oise in France, he studied etching with Paul Louis Gachet, Jr., the son of Dr. Paul Gachet, Van Gogh’s friend, doctor, and the subject of his famous painting “Portrait of Dr. Gachet.” His work was strongly influenced by Van Gogh and Cezanne through his association with Gachet, Jr. and his time in Auvers-sur-Oise.
On his return to Japan in 1925 he resigned his newly appointed professorship at the Kyoto Kōtō Kōgei Gakkō and moved to Tokyo. Also in 1925, etchings he created while in Europe where shown at the 7th annual Nihon Sōsaku Hanga Kyokai (Japanese Creative Print Association) exhibition, serving as an inspiration to other etchers. He was involved in numerous artistic organizations including the Hakujitsukai (Midday Society), formed in 1924 to promote Western-style art, in which he would later serve as president; the Yōfū Hangakai (Western-style Print Society formed by etchers and lithographers in 1930); and the Nihon Hanga Kyōkai, of which he was a founding member.
Through the 1930s he continued to exhibit at numerous prestigious exhibitions, winning awards for his oil paintings, watercolors and etchings. While he continued to produce work into 1960s and perhaps beyond, I found no specific information about his work after the 1930s.
Mabe died at the age 83 on July 25 in Tokyo’s Suginami Ward.