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Hiroaki Takahashi (Shotei) – Two ladies catching the fireflies


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This print is cataloged as S-25 in the Shotei catalog and depicts two women, one possibly elderly, strolling along in the early evening attempting to catch fireflies. Both women have small nets, and the elderly woman has a small cage to keep them in. A lovely small image composed entirely of silhouettes.

The Woodblock Print

This yatsugiri-ban sized woodblock is in excellent condition. Strong, gorgeous colors are contained within the print which has a mostly clean verso and intact margins. A few trace areas on the verso top edge from being tipped to board. “Made in Japan” stamped on the verso.

About the Artist

Hiroaki Takahashi Shotei (高橋松亭), born Matsumoto Katsutaro, was born in Tokyo on January 2, 1871 and was adopted as a young child into the Takahashi family and renamed Takahashi Katsutaro. At the age of 9 he was apprenticed to his uncle, Matsumoto Fuko and began studying painting, and whom according to tradition, gave him his art name “Shotei” a variant of his own surname “Matsumoto”.  Shotei was in his mid-teens when he began to work in the design department of the Imperial Household Agency. In 1907, he was recruited as the first artist for Watanabe Shozaburo. Hiroaki used a variety of signatures. Many of his large landscape and bijin-ga are signed “Hiroaki,” while “Shotei” appears on other works. Hiroaki was a productive artist, completing around five hundred designs by the time he was fifty. Unfortunately, much of his work was destroyed by the fire that raged in the aftermath of the Great Kanto earthquake in 1923. Despite this tragedy, Hiroaki continued to work as a printmaker until his death in 1945.

After the earthquake Shotei created another 250 prints mostly depicting scenic Japanese landscapes in the shin hanga style he had helped to define. He continued to work for Watanabe, but also worked with the publishers Fusui Gabo and Shobido Tanaka, where he had more control over the finished print than was possible with Watanabe. Shotei used a variety of names, signatures and seals during his lifetime. From 1907 until 1922 he used the name Shotei, and after 1922 Hiroaki and Komei.



Shotei, Hiroaki Takahashi


(A+) Excellent Condition








Watanabe Shozaburo


Yatsugiri-ban (3.75"x5")


Landscape, Night, People

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