Takahashi KAISHU 高橋介州, (1905-2004)

(Japan, Showa era, 1926 – 1989, around 1950)


Bronze 2.76 x 6.69 in. (7 x 17 cm)

Signed 介州, Kaishu


The Artist

Takahashi Kaishu, the go or art name of Takahashi Isamu, born Meiji 38 or 1905 in Kanazawa, and graduated from the Tokyo School of Fine Arts in 1929. In the same year he was accepted into the Teiten. In 1930 Kaishu exhibited in Belgium at the World Exposition and received an award, also winning a gold medal in 1933 at the Chicago International Exposition. After the War, Takahashi Kaishu continued to exhibit widely. In 1982 he was designated an Important Intangible Cultural Asset for Ishikawa Prefecture.
One of the most prominent artists to continue working in the Kaga metalworking tradition, Takahashi Kaishu specialized in bronze casting and soft metal inlay. His modernist adaptations of traditional techniques are widely collected.