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Yoshitoshi Mori
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Born 1898 in Tokyo, studied at Kawabata Art School, has participated in Kokuga-kai exhibitions since 1949. Since 1955 has shown his folk art style prints at Nippon Hanga-in exhibitions. Member of Kokuga-kai and Nippon Hanga-in. Died May 29, 1992 in Tokyo, one week after giving a lecture at his last art exhibition (letter to AFGA from his representative, Akira Kanda, dated 6/5/92). One of the central figures of the sosaku hanga movement, Mori did not devote himself full-time to printmaking until 1960, when he was in his sixties. His formative prewar experiences included a period of study with shin hanga artist Yamakawa Shuho, training in his father's textile dyeing and design business; service in Korea with the Imperial Army; the establishment of his own textile design business in the mid 1920's; and participation in the Japanese Folk Art Movement alongside Serizawa Keisuke. Mori's textile designs, and ultimately his prints, reached a new level when he and Serizawa began to experiment with stencil printing (associated with kimono fabrics). Mori chose to pursue printmaking as his primary art form. Although Serizawa considered this a deviation from craftsmanly ideals, Mori nonetheless advanced the Folk Art Movement through his prints, which depict kabuki scenes, artisans, festivals, and characters from traditional stories. Volk, Alicia. MADE IN JAPAN The Postwar Creative Print Movement. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum in association with University of Washington Press, 2005, page 112. (hgs 3/27/09)