SMALL BAY IN BRITTANY, 1913, YAMAMOTO KANAE, COLOUR WOODCUT; 14.9 X 21.5CM (IMAGE), THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, WAKAYAMA – TAASA Review December 2012

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The appearance of `artistic prints’ in their immediate environment did not go unnoticed by Japan’s art circles (Kno 1998: 263-66), and Western magazines such as The Studio, Jugend, Simplicissimus and Cocorico, would have reinforced the idea.

In 1907 Yamamoto, Ishii and Oda Kazuma (1882-1956), a commercial lithographer, started a literature and print magazine Hsun (Square inch), thus embarking on what is now known as the Creative Print (ssaku hanga) movement.

In the years that followed, a flurry of activity took place in printmaking, which was related less to Yamamoto and his group and more to the information provided through publications, exhibitions and by artists returned from the West, such as Tomimoto Kenkichi (1884-1963)...