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68. Fujii Tatsukichi (1881-1964)
Mountains (Urushi-e, lacquer painting)
Signed: -
Seals: Tatsu
Technique: Urushi-e, lacquer on paper, 78 x 28.4
Mounting: blue gold brocade and beige-grey silk
167 x 41
Box: Authorized by his pupil the ceramist Kuriki Gisao (1908-2011)
Condition: light foxing, otherwise fine

Tatsukichi, born in Hekinan (Aichi prefecture), was a multi-talented crafts artist of the Taishō and Shōwa periods. 11 Years old he worked as an apprentice with a cotton wholesaler. Then, working in Nagoya of Hattori Qibao store. He moved to Tokyo at the age of 24, and as an autodidact he studied a variety of craft techniques.
In 1912 he was a founding member Hyuzan-kai in 1912, the first organization in Japan dedicated to expressionism in all forms through all mediums. In 1929 he became a professor of design crafts department of the Imperial School of Fine Arts (now Musashino Art University).
He was one of the most important reformers of the traditional arts in Japan and a pioneer of the modern craft world. His creativity touched nearly every area: embroidery, lacquer, pottery, papermaking, woodblock carving and printing, dyeing – his influence was enormous. The museum of contemporary art in Tatsukichi’s birth place, Hekinan, is named after him.

Merritt ‘ 92 p. 18
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