Biography Hashiguchi, Goy˘ (1880 - 1921)
Goy˘ Hashiguchi's talents were recognized by his father at an early age, and he stimulated him to study Japanese-style painting in Tokyo in 1899. Graduating in 1905, Goy˘ first worked as a book designer and illustrator, but he was disappointed by the lack of appreciation for his oil paintings. From 1911 he began a serious study of ukiyo-e, and in 1915 he designed his first woodblock print (Yuami - Bathing) for Watanabe Sh˘zabur˘. Though Watanabe wanted him to continue working for him, Goy˘ decided on an independent course, and from 1918 to his untimely death in 1921 he made 13 woodblock prints.
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