Artist: Aoyama Seiji (青山正治 - aka Masaharu)

Lifetime: 1893 - 1969

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Masaharu (Seiji) Aoyama was born in Saitama prefecture. He had studied traditional ink painting at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts. A job at the Imperial Household Museum gave him a safe income. Aoyama participated in the official Teiten exhibitions with his ink paintings. As a printmaker he was close to the Sosaku Hanga art movement. Many of his woodblock prints were self-carved and self-printed. Others were published by Ishiyama. Favorite print subjects were images of birds.


B. Saitama prefecture. Also known as Aoyama Masaharu. Studied ink painting at Tokyo School of Fine Arts. Served in Imperial Household Museum until his retirement in 1936. Exhibited in Teiten and in the Nihon Sōsaku-Hanga Kyōkai show in 1929. Self-carved blocks. Some self-printed, others produced with assistance from the publisher Ishiyama and printers in his employ. Works in the 1950s included a view of gulls over rippling water. Prints sometimes signed Seiji and sealed Ao with the first character of his family name.

Quoted from: Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints by Helen Merritt and Nanako Yamada, p. 10.