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Koshiro Onchi
Japanese Showa Sosaku Hanga woodblock print
Japanese, (1891–1955)
Kōshirō Onchi was born into a family of talented artists. His father was a master of calligraphy and a painter himself. Koshiro began to study oil painting and sculpture at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts in 1910. But like so many other great genius artists - Salvador Dali or Toulouse Lautrec for instance - he had problems adopting himself to the traditional way of art teaching. Onchi was fired, later readmitted to Tokyo Art School, but never made his final exams.

Koshiro Onchi played a major role in promoting the sosaku hanga movement. He became a leading member in several artist associations, exhibited in all major exhibitions and contributed regularly to newspapers and magazines. He became an editor for an art magazine and published several books with his poetry and his illustrations.


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