Shūhō Taki (秋方瀧?) (artist 1930s)



Kyoto painter and print designer active during the 1930s.


Ishimoto Gyoko wrote that "...Shuho was from the Shimane Prefecture, and ran away at the age of 13 in order to ask to become a student of Kaburagi Kiyokata (sleeping on Kiyokata's doorstep the first night). Although initially his parents refused permission and took him home, eventually he was able to join first the Kawabata School of Painting at Kasugacho, Koishikawa, and later the Tokyo School of Fine Arts. At the age of 21 he was forced to end his studies (due to family troubles), but was fortunate to find support and a place to live in residence of the Marquis Nakahiro Ikeda (1877-1948), a patron of the arts who was the 14th head of the Ikeda clan and associated with Emperor Taisho. Shuho worked at a newspaper in Tokyo, and then quit in order to go to Korea to travel and paint. When he returned to Japan he settled first in Kyoto, and then in Osaka."

This information was provided by Scholten Japanese Art.

The information provided by Scholten continues: "In a second section apparently written by the publisher there is an explanation of the purpose of the series, which could be read as a description of shin hanga (particularly bijinga) itself: "To portray thus, modern Miss Nippon with the brush of a Tokugawa artist is impossible, and could only be insincere. Fresh handling and treatment are her due, and yet not forgetting that hers is the heritage- whether she knows it or not- of her charming predecessors of a romantic feudal age. And Shuho Taki has succeeded most admirably in penetrating the essential spirit of the present age and yet retaining the distinctive afterglow of the past."