|Fujii Tatsukichi (1881-1964)|
Technique: sumi on paper 24.3 x 31.2
Mounting: blue bronze brocade and pink silk
117.5 x 44.6
Condition: very good
Tatsukichi, born in Hekinan (Aichi prefecture), was a multi-talented crafts artist of the Taishō and Shōwa periods. He was one of the most important reformers of the traditional arts in Japan and a pioneer of the modern craft world. 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 became a member of the National Art Association. 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
and a number of catalogues