Morikawa Chikashige 守川周重 (active 1869 - January 1882)
BIOGRAPHYSources: Time Present and Time Past: Images of a Forgotten Master: Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900), by Amy Reigle Newland, Hotei Publishing, 1999, p. 30-31; [The] Hotei Encyclopedia of Japanese Woodblock Prints, Amy Reigle Newland, Hotei Publishing Company, 2005, p. 97; [A] Dictionary of Japanese Artists: Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Prints, Lacquer, Laurance P. Roberts, Weatherhill, 1976, p. 12.
A contemporary of his teacher Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900), from whom he took the first character 周 (chika) for his main art name (gō) Chikashige, the artist worked in a style similar to his teacher, specializing in three-sheet (triptych) compositions of kabuki actors and plays (yakusha-e). No information is available about his life, except that he was originally named Otojirō 音次郎 or 音治郎 (a name which occasionally appears on his prints.). Even the dates of his birth and death are unknown, except for a reference to his being dead in a Yomiuri shinbun article written in 1900.
Examples of Chikashige's Work
Sample Signatures and Seals of the Artist
Prints in Collection
[BELOW PRINTS MARKED WITH * GIFTED TO THE JORDAN SCHNITZER MUSEUM OF ART, UNIVERSITY OF OREGON]
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