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Reference » Ukiyo-e »  Artists Biographies

Mokuchu Urushibara 1888-1953

Modern printmaker, born and raised in Tokyo by the name of Yoshijiro. Famous for images of landscapes, flowers and brush painting-like horses, he had a profound influence on European colour printmakers.

At the age of 19, Urushisbara travelled to London to demonstrate Japanese printmaking at the Anglo-Japanese Exhibition. He lived in England and France until 1934, teaching woodblock printmaking for many prominent artists and producing his own prints.

 He is a versatile printmaker. Not only his carving and refined printing skills but he was also noted for his expertise at mounting artwork and restoration. Urushibara's ability to transform the drawings and watercolour of other artists into woodblock prints apparelled the artists themselves. His most famous collaboration was with the English artist Frank Brangwyn. Urushibara and Brangwyn worked together on a portfolio of woodblock prints called Bruges, on prints of European bridges, and several illustrated books.

Urushibara returned to Japan at the start of World War II, but kept in contact with his European friends. In 1940, he again collaborated with Brangwyn.

His prints on wildlife, flowers are well known and were exhibited in the United States in 1945.


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