Morita Shūji

Moriyama Shūji 森山収治 (1890-?)  


Source: Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975, Helen Merritt, University of Hawaii Press, 1992, p. 69. 

Born in 1890 in Nagano Prefecture, he used his birth name, Moriyama Shūji, until 1929 when he became known as Kitazawa Shūji (北沢收治 or 北澤收治). He worked as a school teacher and studied lithography and etching. He also created a number of woodblock prints, including a number of monochrome woodblock prints for dojin magazines such as "HANGA" and "Han geijutsu." In 1939 he contributed the print (shown below) titled "Clear Weather and Snow at Mt. Asama" (Asamasan seisetu) to the series "One Hundred Views of the New Japan" (Shin Nihon hyakkei 新日本百景), published by the Japanese Print Association (Nihon hanga kyokai).

He was a member of Nihon Sōsaku Hanga Kyōkai, a founding member of Nihon Hanga Kyōkai and exhibited with Shun’yōkai and Kokugaka and the Nihon Sōsaku-Hanga Kyōkai shows 1919-1928.

Clear Weather and Snow at Mt. Asama (Asamasan seisetsu), 1939

9 3/4 x 12 3/4 in. (24.8 x 32.4 cm)

Prints in Collection

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Mibu River, 1928

IHL Cat. #1347