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57. Kondō Kōichirō (1884–1962)
Station 55, Kyo[to] (Kyoto, Sanjō Ōhashi)
Signed: Kōichirō
Seals: Kōichirō
Technique: colours on paper 23.5 x 32.3
Date: 1921
Mounting: beige gold brocade and light green silk
plastic rollers, 109.5 x 45.2
Condition: lightly toned and some light foxing, otherwise good

Sanjō Ōhashi, The great bridge of Sanjô, crossing the Kamo river in Kyoto was the final destination of the Tōkaidō. Kyoto is associated in various ways with oxen

This Tokaido scroll set was hand-painted in an edition by 18 members of the Tokyo Manga Association. The images are based on a trip probably made in 1920-1921 and the paintings must have been finished soon after.
The artists involved include some famous names: Mizushima Nihou, Kondô Koichiro, Sempan and Un’ichi, among others.

Berry ‘01 p.165 (#103)

Kondo Koichiro was born in rural Yamanichi Prefecture, studied at the Tokyo Fine Arts School and started his career as a Western style painter and worked as a successful cartoonist-illustrator at the Yomiuri newspaper.
He expolored nihonga techniques, and eventually achieved fame as an innovative ink painter. In 1919 Koichiro entered his landscape paintings to the exhibitions of the Japan Art Institute (Inten) until 1935. Today he is best known for pushing the medium of ink further than anyone else in order to portray air an light effects in his objective let lyrical paintings (Michiyo Morioka in Literati Modern, p. 275 / Modern Masters of Kyoto, 258).

Price: EUR 750 / USD 862