Koshiro ONCHI

Born in Tokyo in 1891, Onchi was influenced by Yumeji Takehisa's works. He studied oil painting and sculpture at the Tokyo School of Art but left the school before graduation. Onchi published the short-lived journal of art and poetry, "Tsukuhae," together with Shizuo Fujimori and Kyosuke Tanaka in 1914. In 1917, he provided illustrations for an anthology of poetry by Sakutaro Hagiwara, "Bark at moon."

In 1928, the book design for "Hakushu Kitahara Complete Works" established him as a leading book designer in Japan. He left a major mark on Japanese art history as a pioneer of abstract art and a leader of artistic printmaking in Japan. Onchi also published excellent illustrated books such as "Voluptuous flight," "A fairy tale of the sea," "A book of natural history" and "Insects, Fishes and shells." He died at the age of 63 in 1955.

 


"Title lost"

1936
Color pencil on paper
Front Image size: 25.0×19.5cm
Rear Image size: 26.5×22.0cm
Sheet size: 27.7×24.3cm
*Another image on the back


"Spring Time"

1942
Woodblock, Multicolor
Image size: 49.5x39.0cm
Sheet size: 61.5x49.2cm
Ed. 10
Signed

SOLD


"Zoo in Early Autumn"

1929
Woodblock
Image size: 18.3x24.2cm
Sheet size: 20.5x26.8cm
Signed

"Lyrique: Thankful Tear for Merciful Affection"

1914
Multiblock print
Image size: 13.8x9.5cm
Frame size: 24.8x17.8cm
From "Tsukuhae VI"


"Chinese scenery"

1939
Watercolor
18.0x23.5cm
Certificate by Kunio ONCHI attached

"Title lost (Author with strict character)"

1915
Conte on Paper
17.0x15.0cm
Certificate by Kunio ONCHI attached.

"Title lost"

1918 (Printed later by Kunio ONCHI (1999))
Woodblock
Image size: 12.0×8.2cm
Shhet size: 19.8×13.9cm
P.P.
Embossed "KUNIO ONCHI" on the bottom right.
Stickered by Onchi Modelling Studio


"White Flower"

1943
Woodblock, Multicolor
37.0x26.0cm
*Raisonne No.229
(Keisho-sha)

"Pipe (tentative)"

Woodblock
14.1x6.8cm

"Bathing"

1929
Woodblock, Multicolor
Image size: 21.4x14.8cm
Sheet size: 25.8x17.5cm
*Raisonne No.125
(Keisho-sha)


"Insects"

1935
Woodblock
36.0x31.0cm
*Raisonne No.176
(Keisho-sha)

"April"

1925
Woodblock
17.8x19.3cm

"Tree trunks and blue sky"
1930
Woodblock
13.0x18.6cm


"Flower"

1928
Woodblock (Colored)
16.0x11.0cm
Signed on print

"Bath Room in the Moning"

1928
Woodblock (Colored)
21.0x14.0cm

"Poème Winter"

1953
Lithograph
Work size: 43.0x28.0cm
Frame size: 67.0x51.8cm
Ed.20
Signed and numbered by the artist
*Raisonne No.402
(Keisho-sha)


"Lyrique: I believe"

1932
Woodblock
19.8x12.2cm
Ed.500
*Raisonne No.150
(Keisho-sha)
Included in the first issue of the printing magazine "Hangeijyutsu (Print Art)", published in April 1932.

"Title unknown"

c.1917
Woodblock
23.7x20.7cm
*Not in raisonne by Keisho-sha. Similar to No.74 "Still Life" hence thought to be made around 1917.

"Work"

Woodblock
Image size: 11.0x10.0cm
Frame size: 43.8x36.2cm


"Human Figure: Girl" from
Vol.11

1925 (Printed later)
Woodblock
18.9x13.1cm

"Poème No.8 Season of Butterfly"

1948 (Printed later by
Kunio ONCHI)
Multiblock, Multicolor
Image size: 36.4x28.7cm
Sheet size: 43.4x31.4cm
Ed.20
Stamped in front,
Signed by Kunio ONCHI on back
*Raisonne No.297
(Keisho-sha)

"Allegory No.2 Ruin"

1987 (Printed later by
Kunio ONCHI)
Woodblock, Multicolor
Image size: 43.0x36.0cm
Sheet size: 51.2x41.3cm
Ed.20
*Raisonne No.292
(Keisho-sha)


"Poème No.7 Landscape of May"

1948 (Printed later)
Woodblock, Multicolor
Image size: 32.5x44.8cm
Sheet size: 39.3x48.8cm
Stamped
*Raisonne No.296
(Keisho-sha)
SOLD

"Mother and Child"

1917 (Printed later by Kouichi HIRAI)
Woodblock
29.0x24.0cm
Stamp signed
*Raisonne No.72
(Keisho-sha)

"Lyrique No.2:
Lyrique on Musical Thems:
Debussy, "Poisson d'or""
1933 (Printed later by Kouichi HIRAI)
Woodblock
34.0x23.0cm
Stamp signed
*Raisonne No.156
(Keisho-sha)


"Impression of a Violinist"

(Portrait of Nejiko SUWA)
1946 (Printed later by Kouichi HIRAI)
Woodblock
41.3x32.8cm
Stamped
*Raisonne No.242
(Keisho-sha)

"Poème No.22
A Leaf and Clouds"

1953 (Printed later by Kouichi HIRAI)
Multi block print
Image size: 45.0x35.0cm
Frame size: 63.5x55.5cm
Stamp signed
*Raisonne No.401
(Keisho-sha)

"Composition No.2 Character"
1949 (Printed in 1968 by Kouichi HIRAI)
Woodblock
Work size: 34.2x26.7cm
Frame size: 52.5x41.0cm
Stamp signed
Sticker labeled "Print: Koichi HIRAI" (in Japanese) on the back
*Raisonne No.314
(Keisho-sha)


"Poème No.15 Past"

1950 (Printed later by Kouichi HIRAI)
Woodblock
42.1x32.3cm
*Raisonne No.340
(Keisho-sha)

"Title lost"

Printed later
Woodblock
8.5x6.7cm
Ed.300
Signed
*Raisonne No.423
(Keisho-sha)

"Image No. 2: Weisse Blume"

1946 (printed later)
Woodblock
Image size: 28.0x17.5cm
Frame size: 62.3x47.0cm
Ed. 65
Stamp signed


"A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year"

1945
Offset
8.9x13.8cm


"Tokyo Station from
"Scenes of Lost Tokyo""

1946
Woodblock
24.5x18.4cm
*Raisonne No.247
(Keisho-sha)
SOLD

"Image Vol.3 (b) Red Flower"

1946
Woodblock, Multicolor
Image size: 34.5x26.5cm
Sheet size: 37.2x30.5cm
*Raisonne No.257
(Keisho-sha)
SOLD

"Lyrique No.2:
Lyrique on Musical Thems:
Ravel, "Morning song of a Pierrot""

1933 (Printed later)
Woodblock
27.0x16.5cm
SOLD


"Lyrique: Enlightening Moment"

1915 (Printed later)
Woodblock
Image size: 13.3x9.7cm
SOLD


"Title lost"

1915
Pen on paper
18.1x13.0cm
Certificate by Kunio ONCHI attached
SOLD

"Title lost"
(Dance-Salome by Richard Strauss)

1917
Sketch (Watercolor, Pencil)
16.0x12.0cm
*Exhibited in 1994 at "Koshiro ONCHI Exhibition" (Yokohama Museum of Art)
SOLD

"William Hartnett"

1948
Pencil on Paper
Image size: 21.0x15.0cm
Frame size: 40.0x31.0cm
Pencil image on reverse side
Certificate by Kunio ONCHI attached
SOLD

 


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Essay by the Gallery Owner (Japanese page)
Koshiro ONCHI and Sosaku-hanga activity    March 1995



Exhibitions
2014
No.252    Artists Tatsuoki NAMBATA Loved    07/16 - 07/26


2013
No.236    Koshiro ONCHI Exhibition    06/25 - 07/06

2011
No.204    KLEE & KANDINSKY & Koshiro ONCHI    07/26 - 07/30
Gallery's Collection    1/05 - 01/08

2008
No.169    Rediscover The Beauty of Prints    12/12 - 12/27 (Flyer only)

2007
No.151    Koshiro ONCHI and The Printmakers of "Sosaku Hanga"    12/14 - 12/29

2006
The Gallery Collection featuring Koshiro ONCHI, O JUN, Ansei UCHIMA    11/21 - 11/29

2003
No.101    Koshiro ONCHI Exhibition    01/10 - 01/25 (Japanese page)


1998
No.44    Modern Art in Oriental Space (Byobu and Kakejiku)    06/05 - 06/20 (Flyer only)


1997
No.35    Sadajiro KUBO and Artists 1    10/24 - 11/01 (Flyer only)
No.31    Genealogy of Abstract wood print    07/04 - 07/19 (Flyer only)

1996
No.14    Artists of Sosaku-Hanga 2    06/12 - 06/29 (Flyer only)


1995
No.7    Artists of Sosaku-Hanga 1    12/08 - 12/17 (Flyer only)