Born in Tokyo, Takahashi Shotei studied drawing and designed book and magazine illustrations early in his career. His big break came when he was hired in 1907 by Watanabe Publishing to create woodblock print designs as part of the "shin-hanga" or new prints movement. As the first artist to work for Watanabe, he designed hundreds of prints for him, more than any other shin-hanga artist. Specializing in landscapes, he designed works in a variety of styles, but is most recognized for his beautiful twilight or nighttime scenes and atmospheric weather conditions such as rain and snow. His lovely prints have a wonderful graphic appeal and make beautiful framed displays, and are a great area of collecting for the shin-hanga enthusiast.
Lovely shin-hanga image of a beauty in silhouette walking down a street on a spring night, carrying a glowing paper lantern as she approaches a street lamp. Graceful willow branches frame the scene at lower right, with another tree in gray in the distance against the softly shaded evening sky. A beautiful Shotei design.
Shotei (1871 - 1945)
14 5/8" x 6 3/8" + margins as shown
This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Very nice condition overall.