The Art of Japanese Screens and Furnishings

Ref. 5582

A paper furosaki screen painted in ink, colour and gold on a buff ground with a maple tree.

Signed: Fuji Tatsukichi

Japan Showa period 20th century

Dimensions: H. 73cm x W. 186.5cm

Fuji Tatsukichi 1881 – 1964. He lived and worked in Aichi Prefecture. A self-taught artist working in many media and learning from nature, his first job was working for a cotton merchant followed by five years with a gold worker. He worked for the Seven Treasures Company until he was 24 years old and moved to Tokyo where he studied art handicrafts exchanging ideas with Bernard Leach, Koutaro Takamura and others. Gradually his artistic skill was recognized and he participated in the foundation of the Fyuuzan Association and the National Society of Arts. He resigned from the art craft groups after a disagreement in 1931 and concentrated on learning and reviving traditional crafts focussing on Aichi local industry including the Seto kiln. After a chance meeting in Obara in 1932 he became interested in paper techniques and started to teach the craft to the papermakers. In 1945 he moved to Obara, and started teaching full time. He never settled in one place but moved around the region developing and promoting local art industry until his death on the 27th August 1964 at the age of 83.