Kondo Koichiro studied at the Tokyo Fine Arts School and started his career as a Western-style painter. His marriage in 1914 may have prompted his search for a regular income, for in the following year Koichiro took a position as a cartoonist and illustrator at Yomiuri newspaper. His daily work with ink and brush gradually fostered a desire to explore the possibilities of ink painting. In 1919 Koichiro started sending his distinctive landscape paintings to the exhibitions of the Japan Art Institute (Inten) until 1935. – Kondo Koichiro is considered one of the more eccentric Nihonga painters. In September 2006 the Nerima Art Museum in Tokyo celebrated the artist’s 120th birth anniversary with a comprehensive exhibition of 120 works.
Kondo Koichiro (1884-1962)
Ink and color on paper
27.6 x 18.6 cm (10 7/8 x 7 3/8 in.)
Mounting: 124.5 x 29.5 cm (49 x 11 5/8 in.)