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Hayashi Motoharu (1858-1903)

Biographical Data


Hayashi Motoharu 林基春 (1858-September 6, 1903)

Born in Osaka with the given name 捨蔵, he was the son of Hayashi Kohei 林小兵衛, manager of Futomono Ton’ya, a large wholesale merchant house in Osaka. A student of Suzuki Toshimoto (Act 1877-1890s) [a disciple of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)], he also studied the painting styles of Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) and Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831-1889)

He was active as an illustrator and painter from around 1877 to 1903, the year of his death. He is primarily known for his design of uchiwa-e (fan prints), Sino-Japanese War prints, advertisements and lithographs of scenic views of Osaka and Kyoto, two examples of which are shown above. His students included Masumoto Harumichi 増本春道 (active c. 1902-1911) and Hirose Harutaka 広瀬春孝 (1870-?) both of whom worked in similar styles.

A Few Examples of the Artist's Work

Parade of New Imperial Guard Conscripts, c. 1880/1900
[uchiwa-e (fan print)]
sheet: 9 1/6 x 9 7/8 in. (23 x 25.1 cm)
Saint Louis Art Museum 9:2013
Dokutori Pill for Cleansing, c. 1900
[a drug advertisement]
sheet: 10 1/3 x 13 1/2 in. (26.2x 34.3 cm)
University of California, San Francisco Japanese Woodblock Collection ucsf_p101

Accident at the Kan’u Festival, 1894 
Tokyo Keizai University Institutional Repository 桜井文庫no.4068

Signatures and Seals (a few examples):

応需基春 / 基春
ōju Motoharu / Motoharu
基春 / 基春
Motoharu / Motoharu
応需基春 / 基春
ōju Motoharu / Motoharu
基春 / 基春
Motoharu / Motoharu
基春 / 基春
Motoharu / Motoharu

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