INTRODUCTION TO THE GALLERY

“100 Views of New Tokyo” by 8 Artists


In 1928 eight woodblock artists working in the sōsaku-hanga (creative prints) mode announced a subscription series titled “100 Views of New Tokyo” (Shin Tokyo Hyakkei). The eight artists—Hiratsuka Un’ichi (1895–1997), Onchi Koshiro (1891-1955), Fukazawa Sakuichi (1896–1946), Kawakami Sumio (1895–1972), Maekawa Sempan (1888-1960), Fujimori Shizuo (1891–1943), Hemmi Takashi (1895–1944), and Suwa Kanenori (1897–1932)—agreed to produce the series over a period of four years, with each artist contributing 12 to 13 views.

 
“Miniature Golf (#10),”
9/1/1931,
by Maekawa Senpan
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MIT Visualizing CulturesMIT Visualizing Cultures “Rising Sun Shell,
Showa Street (#84),”
6/1/1930,
by Fukazawa Sakuichi



Images courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art


  Many subjects depicted by the eight artists overlap with scenes in Koizumi Kishio’s parallel series of “100 Views” of Tokyo, which also was initiated in 1928. At the same time, these artists introduced visions of the new Tokyo that Koizumi ignored—including movies, cabarets, cafés, department-store interiors, open-air concerts, miniature golf, a military parade, and the unexpected depiction of a “Rising Sun” Shell gas station.

This gallery reproduces the full series of “100 Views of New Tokyo,” courtesy of the Carnegie Museum of Art.



 
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