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Reference » Ukiyo-e »  Artists Biographies

Keishu Takeuchi 1861-1943

Keishu Takeuchi, a porcelain decorator, woodblock print designer and a writer of a samurai descent. After a period of work in porcelain workshops, he taught himself to design key-block for woodblock prints, and became a student of the great Meiji ukiyo-e master Yoshitoshi Tsukioka.

As many young artists of that time, Takeuchi designed kuchi-e (frontispiece illustrations for magazines and novels) after joining the Kenyusha society, where he cooperated with its leader Ozaki Koyo. With time he was made an editor of Bungei Kurabu, a literary magazine, for which he designed numerous kuchi-e.