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About Hashiguchi Goyo (1880-1921)
Hashiguchi was born Hashiguchi Kiyoshi in Kagoshima Prefecture. His father Hashiguchi Kanemizu was a samurai and amateur painter in the Shijo style. His father hired a teacher in the Kano style of painting in 1899 when Kiyoshi was only ten. Kiyoshi took the name of Goyo while attending the Tokyo School of Fine Arts, from which he graduated best in his class in 1905. The name Goyo was chosen because of his fondness for the five needle pine in his father's garden.

In 1907 Goyo won recognition for an ukiyo-e oil painting in the first Bunten show in 1907 but was disappointed in the unenthusiastic public acceptance of his oil paintings in future shows. In 1911 he again won recognition for an ukiyo-e poster designed for the Mitsukoshi department store. He then became a serious student of ukiyo-e. Goyo studied from books, originals and reproductions. He was especially interested in the great classical ukiyo-e artists and wrote several articles about the great masters of the Edo period. From 1914, while frail and suffering from beriberi, he contributed articles on various ukiyo-e studies to Art News (Bijutsu shinpo) and Ukiyo-e magazine.

In 1915, urged by the shin hanga publisher Watanabe Shozaburo, he designed a print for artisans to produce under Watanabe’s direction. Goyo designed "Bathing" (Yuami), Watanabe wanted to continue the collaboration but Goyo had other plans. Instead, he worked in 1916-1917 as supervisor of reproductions for 12 volumes called "Japanese Color Prints" (Yamato nishiki-e) and in the process became thoroughly familiar with the functions of artisan carvers and printers. At the same time he was drawing from live models. From 1918 until his death he personally supervised the carving, printing, and publication of his own works. From 1918 until his death he produced thirteen more prints - four landscapes, one nature print depicting ducks and eight prints of women. His total production, including "Bathing," numbers fourteen prints. (After his death a few more of his designs were developed into prints by his heirs.) In late 1920, Hashiguchi's latent health problems escalated into meningitis. He supervised his last print "Hot Spring Hotel" from his death bed, but could not finish it personally. He died in February 1921.

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