Suga Tatehiko

The artist at the age of 84 in 1962

Suga Tatehiko 菅楯彦 (1878-1963) 


Source: Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975, Helen Merritt, University of Hawaii Press, 1992, p. 138 and Wikipedia France [accessed 11-30-23]

Suga Tatehiko was born in Tattori prefecture and later moved to Osaka. His given name was Totarō (藤太郎). He learned Tosa-style painting from his father Suga Seinan (菅盛南) and under the direction of Kamagaki Haruoka (鎌垣師) studied Japanese and old Chinese literature which strongly influenced his drawing style. Kamakgaki would give him is artist name (gō) Tatehiko. He painted scenes of history and customs in the yamato-e (Japanese pictures) style, many depicting scenes of Osaka daily life. He exhibited at the Nitten and was a member of the Osaka Art Society. He was the first nihonga painter to receive the Gift Award (Onshi-shō 恩賜賞) from the Japanese Academy of Arts in 1957. In 1962 he was made an Honorary Citizen of Osaka. 

The following woodblock prints by Tatehiko were published by the Osaka company Nagai & Company and were designed to be incorporated into paper fans. 

Recent Exhibition

Osaka: The Town Artist Suga Takahiko Loved

浪速の町絵師 菅楯彦が愛した大阪

Kansai University Museum

June 11 through July 22, 2023

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Sample Signatures and Seals of the Artist

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Tatehiko with Tatehiko seal

楯彦 /彦Tatehiko with hiko seal


Suga Tatehiko in

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Tatehiko with Tatehiko seal


last revision:11/30/2023

Prints in Collection

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Testing a New Sword on a Central Pillar


from the Righteous Samurai Collection 義士大觀, 1920

IHL Cat. #2246