Artwork Details for Terauchi Fukutaro (b. December 9th, 1891) "Sailing Boat"

Terauchi Fukutaro (b. December 9th, 1891) - Sailing Boat - 帆船

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Sailing Boat - 帆船
by Terauchi Fukutaro (b. December 9th, 1891)

Artist:Terauchi Fukutaro (b. December 9th, 1891)
Title:Sailing Boat - 帆船 (1)
Publisher:Kyoto Hanga-In - 京都版画院
Medium:Woodblock - 木版画
Format:Oban - 大判, 24 x 36 (image size)
Artwork Code:12296-Terauchi_Fukutaro
Notes:Rarely seen woodblock print, published by Kyoto Hanga-In. Signature 'Terauchi' at lower left. This print, along with one other by Terauchi, is shown in the 1963 Kyoto Hanga-In catalog (see my research article on
(1) This artwork is either untitled or the title is unknown.

This artwork is from my personal collection and is not for sale.

Artist Biography:
Very little is known about the artist Fukutaro Terauchi. Marc Kahn of in his article "Paintings by Terauchi, Masterpieces or Tourist Souvenirs?" speculated that Terauchi may be actually a group of artists who mass-produced watercolours for the tourist market. Later, I received an email from Fran Walker who owns an October 1963 Kyoto Hanga-In catalog, which contains two woodblock prints by the artist Fukutaro Terauchi (see my article on Kyoto Hanga-In catalogs here, and view page 27 of the 1963 catalog). One of these woodblock prints is shown below. Marc Kahn also received further independent information regarding Fukutaro Terauchi from a collector who purchased his paintings in the early 1970's. A Certificate of Authenticity included with these paintings states that Fukutaro Terauchi was born on December 9th, 1891. In 1910 he entered the private school of Kiyoteru Kuroda, and later became a member of the Hakuba Association. While we can speculate as to whether Terauchi was active pre-war or not, we can say with certainty that he was active in the 1960s and possibly the 1970s, although I have seen his death listed as having occurred in 1964. Do not confuse this artist with Terauchi Manjiro -- they are two different artists and their signatures are completely different. If you have a watercolour with a signature similar to those of the Terauchi paintings shown below, then your painting is not by Terauchi Manjiro.
Publisher Notes:Here are some notes from Daiwa Shinagawa (current owner of Kyoto Hanga-In, 2014) regarding the woodblocks and their survival (or not):
He is quite clear in his explanation that all the blocks held by Nishinomiya were *completely* destroyed in an air-raid circa 1945 (including Bakufu's Fish series and Wada's Occupations series). This is quite strong evidence to support the suggestion that the blocks used after the war for these series' reprints were completely recarved.
He goes on to say that, due to the poor economic climate after the war, Kyoto Hanga-In did not have the finances to purchase new cherry blocks for each new print scene. As a result, whenever a new scene was to be published they used a block from a previously published scene (i.e., carving the block flat and then recarving the new scene). That is quite a revelation that I would never have expected. As a result of all the recarving of blocks, there are no surviving woodblocks from prior to the 1960s, so the blocks for all the usual 1950s scenes by Bakufu, Hiyoshi, Wada, etc. no longer exist.
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