The sea | Onchi Koshiro (1881-1955)

Onchi Koshiro, Rest, 1928                                                                          Onchi Koshiro, Diving, 1932 
Onchi Koshiro, Lyric No 12, Uncertain Hope, 1951                                                                       Onchi Koshiro, Fairy Tale of the Sea, 1949
Onchi Koshiro, Poem No. 13, 1950                                                                       Onchi Koshiro, Poem No. 6: Image de la Mer, 1948
Onchi Koshiro, Poem No. 23: Fish, 1954                                                  Onchi Koshiro, Bathers, 1928 
Onchi Koshiro, Family of the Sea, 1937
Onchi Koshiro, Lakeside,1928                                                               Onchi Koshiro, Round Ripple, 1939
Onchi Koshiro, The sea, 1937
Onchi Koshiro, The sea, 1937



Kōshirō Onchi (1891–1955), born in Tokyo, was a Japanese print-maker. He was the father of the sōsaku-hanga movement in twentieth century Japan, and a photographer.

Onchi's prints range from early representational to postwar abstract prints. As an early advocate of the sōsaku-hanga movement, Onchi believed that artistic creation originates from the self. He was more interested in expressing subjective emotions through abstract prints than in replicating images and forms in the objective world. His prints evoke lyrical and poetic mood. He said:

Art is not to be understood by the mind but by the heart. If we go back to its origin, painting is expressed in color and form by the heart, and it should never be limited to a world of reflected forms captured by visual sense. Therefore, expression of the heart through color and forms separated from color and form in the real world is that true realm of painting. I will for the time call this type of work the 'lyrique'




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