Rakusan (Rakuzan) (1896 - 1976 )

Rakusan (Rakuzan) Tsuchiya captured the natural world through lush compositions, rich color and sparkling embellishments. Trained as a painter, Rakusan gained renown as a woodblock print artist through his self-published kacho-e prints, or bird and flower pictures. In these natural vignettes, he brought fresh perspective to classic pairings of bird and bloom. Born in Hyogo prefecture, Rakusan worked in Kyoto. He also used the name Rakusan Koshisei. In 1913, he became the pupil of the influential painter Seiho Takeuchi. During 1920s through 1950s, Rakusan built a successful career as a print artist. He produced his most successful series, Rakusan Kacho Gafu (Rakusan Flower and Bird Series), between 1929 and 1933. Based on paintings he had completed between 1925 and 1929, the 100 large-scale woodblock prints proved so popular that many designs remained in print until his studio closed in 1955. The three resulting editions can be distinguished through their watermarks. In the late 1940s, Rakusan reached an American audience through his partnership with Walter T. Foster. The California-based publisher became a good friend of Rakusan and published artists book The Art of Rakusan Tsuchiya, Famous Print Maker of Japan in the 1950s. Though the expected romanization of the artist's name is "Rakuzan," the artist preferred the spelling "Rakusan."

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Begonia and Bluechat (Late Autumn)

Rakusan (Rakuzan)

Begonia and Bluechat (Late Autumn)

JPR-111976

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Beach at Low Tide and Long-billed Ringed Plovers (Early Spring)

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Beach at Low Tide and Long-billed Ringed Plovers (Early Spring)

JPR-112000

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Privet and Narcissus Flycatchers (Early Spring)

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Privet and Narcissus Flycatchers (Early Spring)

JPR-111986

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Sweet Flag Flowers and Straw-raincloaked Little Egrets (Winter)

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Sweet Flag Flowers and Straw-raincloaked Little Egrets (Winter)

JPR-111982

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Wild Pear Flowers and Cuckoo (Late Spring)

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Wild Pear Flowers and Cuckoo (Late Spring)

JP110343

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White Wisteria and Hill Myna (Late Spring)

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White Wisteria and Hill Myna (Late Spring)

JP-112038

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Beautyberry and Siberian Rubythroats (Winter)

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Beautyberry and Siberian Rubythroats (Winter)

JPR-112042

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Spatterdock and Snipe (Early Summer)

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Spatterdock and Snipe (Early Summer)

JPR-112040

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Tawny Daylily and White-winged Widowbird (Early Summer)

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Tawny Daylily and White-winged Widowbird (Early Summer)

JPR-111996

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Wild Camellia Flowers and Crested Mynas (Early Spring)

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Wild Camellia Flowers and Crested Mynas (Early Spring)

JPR-111994

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Quince Flowers and Meadow Buntings (Mid-spring)

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Quince Flowers and Meadow Buntings (Mid-spring)

JPR-111984

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Red Pea and Oriental Greenfinches (Late Spring)

Rakusan (Rakuzan)

Red Pea and Oriental Greenfinches (Late Spring)

JPR-111972

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White Wisteria and Hill Myna (Late Spring)

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White Wisteria and Hill Myna (Late Spring)

JPR-111966

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Tea Flowers and Daurian Redstarts (Winter)

Rakusan (Rakuzan)

Tea Flowers and Daurian Redstarts (Winter)

JPR-111964

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Gingko Tree in Fruit and Black Kite (Mid Summer)

Rakusan (Rakuzan)

Gingko Tree in Fruit and Black Kite (Mid Summer)

JP110345

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Omuro Cherry and Flock of Tree Sparrows (Mid-spring)

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Omuro Cherry and Flock of Tree Sparrows (Mid-spring)

JPR-111980

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Fringed Iris Flowers and Brown Dipper (Mid-spring)

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Fringed Iris Flowers and Brown Dipper (Mid-spring)

JPR-111968

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Arrowhead and Painted Snipe (Mid-summer)

Rakusan (Rakuzan)

Arrowhead and Painted Snipe (Mid-summer)

JPR-111974

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Large-berry Winterberry and Red Crossbills (Early Winter)

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Large-berry Winterberry and Red Crossbills (Early Winter)

JPR-111988

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Weeping Willow and Flock of Barn Swallows (Mid Spring)

Rakusan (Rakuzan)

Weeping Willow and Flock of Barn Swallows (Mid Spring)

JPR-111998

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Early Autumn: Acacia Birds (love-bird) and Red-Fuyo (Rose Mallow Hibiscus )

Rakusan (Rakuzan)

Early Autumn: Acacia Birds (love-bird) and Red-Fuyo (Rose Mallow Hibiscus )

JPR-111378

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Blue Bird and Cherry Blossoms

Rakusan (Rakuzan)

Blue Bird and Cherry Blossoms

JP3-46140

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