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Umetarō Azechi
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Born in Uwajima, Elime, Shikoku in 1902. See: Oliver Statler, Modern Japanese Prints, Rutland and Tokyo, 1956. Pupil of Unichi Hiratsuka. Azechi was determined to become an artist and took correspondence courses to learn painting. Eventually he was able to move to Tokyo where he got a job in a government printing office. In addition to Hiratsuka, he was encouraged by Onchi Koshiro and Maekawa Senpan and exhibited widely in the 1920s and 1930s. In the postwar period he emerged as a major figure in modern Japanese printmaking. His distinctive, simplified woodcut manner amplifies the rustic characteristics of his favored subjects, the mountains and their inhabitants. e Volk, Alicia. MADE IN JAPAN The Postwar Creative Ptint Movement. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum in association with University of Washington Press, 2005, page 108. (hgs 9/23/08)-